Oakland Cemetery

Kate Archer Kent

Restoration projects are under way at Shreveport’s oldest municipal cemetery. A ceremony was held Friday to recognize the work to be done on roads and walkways in Oakland Cemetery made possible by a $279,000 bond issue approved by voters in 2011. The dollars won’t cover all the work that needs to be done on the cemetery that dates back to 1847.

Shreveport mayor Cedric Glover recalls first visiting Oakland on a field trip at age 14. He said many city administrations have wanted to do capital projects, but it’s never been the most pressing priority.

Oakland Cemetery

Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 200 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.

 Commentator Gary Joiner ventures to the center of Oakland Cemetery to look at the life of Eugene Woodruff, a hero from the reconstruction era. 

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