Monument dedicated to thousands buried at cemetery park

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    Little Rock News:

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - A monument was dedicated Sunday in Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park for thousands buried.

    That monument honors more than 3,000 people who are buried in the two acres that is Potter's Field. Some of the bodies identified have been, but the majority is unknown. Historian Jan Davenport said discovering these bodies and presenting this monument is very near and dear to her heart.

    "I think it's important that people know these weren't all poor and friendless people, that they were unfortunate and the families didn't have a lot of money back then, so I do think it was in human affair the way they were buried so yeah. It's a labor of love," she said.

    Oakland and Fraternal Historic Cemetery Park was established in 1863 for those who died in the Civil War. The cemetery said their first tour of the year is to take place on March 15.

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