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Kenton honors and recognizes Civil War veteran with headstone

The grave had been honored by Duncan Township for over 100 years prior to its recognition.
Hiriam White, a Civil War Veteran, died in Kenton and his grave has been honored for over 100...
Hiriam White, a Civil War Veteran, died in Kenton and his grave has been honored for over 100 years by the township. His grave has now been officially recognized.(WLUC)
Published: May. 27, 2022 at 6:39 PM EDT
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KENTON, Mich. (WLUC) - A Civil War veteran’s final resting place was recognized and honored in Houghton County this month.

Residents of Kenton have honored a grave for over 100 years, believing it to be the burial site of a U.S. Civil War veteran.

The Houghton County Office of Veterans Affairs opened an investigation into this claim, resulting in confirmation that Hiriam White, a black sergeant for the Union Army, had indeed settled in Kenton following his service and had died there in 1917.

A ceremony was held to officially recognize and honor his resting place with a headstone in the Kenton Cemetery on May 20.

“I know it means a lot to the people of Kenton, to the people of Duncan Township, to bring this to fruition, to get a marker to properly honor Hiriam’s service,” said Houghton County Veterans Service Officer Joseph Battisfore.

White worked as a barber in Kenton until he died.

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