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Woman Identifies Unmarked Graves in Whitewood

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WHITEWOOD, S.D. (AP) — Charlotte Thompson has spent seven years working to identify the inhabitants of 112 unmarked graves in Whitewood Cemetery.

The Whitewood resident says she was roped into the project when her husband and the Friends of the Whitewood Cemetery Association asked her to become their secretary. She has served as the association’s treasurer since its inception in 1987.

Thompson tells the Associated Press that it makes her feel good that the people who are buried there are recognized. Most of their families have died.

To date, she’s identified 92 graves.

Thanks to a $7,500 grant from the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, the cemetery association has placed granite markers at each grave site.

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