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Pre-Civil War grave receives new tombstone

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The two obscure grave plots have remained virtually unnoticed for more than a century and a half. Their presence on this pine-covered hill in southwest Lincoln Parish represents another point in time, another moment in history.

Tilman and Eliza Hemphill were the owners of this 2,000-acre working plantation in the 1850s. Hemphill was a medical doctor, but also owned a general store and a sawmill on this property, just south of Simsboro. Corn and cotton were the staples of this ground, now owned, in part, by Hunt Forest Products of Ruston.

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