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‘Like finding the Mona Lisa’: Historian learns freed slave buried in Hamilton Cemetery is U.S. Civil War vet

Robin McKee Hamilton Cemetery

Historian Robin McKee found an unmarked grave in Hamilton Cemetery while doing research for his Civil War-themed tour, a discovery that took him to Washington, D.C., where he found the records of Nelson Stevens — a freed slave and veteran McKee believes is the first Black man in Canada to be honoured with a U.S. Civil War headstone.

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