Cpl. William Parks, 135th U. S. Colored Infantry
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Cpl. William Parks, 135th U. S. Colored Infantry

Cpl. William Parks, 135th U. S. Colored Infantry

Grave of CPL William Parks (alias Carroll), Oak Lawn Cemetery, 2017, and March, 2022. Photos: Nadia K. Orton. All rights reserved.

Well, it’s in! The gravestone of our relative, Cpl. William Parks (alias Carroll) who served with Company G, 135th U. S. Colored Infantry, has been reset. William died in 1896, and at some point, his gravestone fell or was knocked over, and remained mostly buried in the ground for decades. We documented William in our family tree in 2015, and received his pension file in 2017. An initial cleaning helped with the excess dirt and grime, and I’ll let D2 do the rest of the work over the coming weeks. So happy to have him back!

Nadia Orton

Professional genealogist and public historian. Graduate of Duke University. President of the Sacred Grounds Project, Inc. Studying historic African American cemeteries and communities.

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