Finding William Bennett

(SHREVEPORT, La) 

His whereabouts have been a mystery for more than 150 yrs, but after some serious detective work, local historians may have just cracked the case.

"This is a very big deal. It took a lot of research and man power in some pretty awful conditions to make this discovery," said Shreveport historian and LSUS professor Gary Joiner.  

For months we’ve been telling you about the search for William Bennett, one of the city’s founding fathers. Recently with the help of ground penetrating radar, scientists, researchers, and historians now believe his remains are still in the ground here below this abandoned and overgrown lot along Milam Street.

It’s also just across the street from the historic Oakland Cemetery. 

"They'll be further research, but now we can protect him and we can honor him. We can honor us as a city! This is a very big deal, it truly is a win, win, win all the way around," added Joiner. 

It’s not just the final resting place for Bennett, in fact researchers believe there may be as many as 27 other bodies buried here as well.

Joiner told us the next step Will be to have the area dedicated as a “historic area of preservation.” The state’s Archaeological Society has also been notified of the recent findings.

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