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History Matters: The legacy of a Shreveport pioneering businesswoman

Mary Bennett Cane (1812-1902) is buried in Oakland Cemetery, land that she once owned before selling it to the city of Shreveport in 1847.
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Shreveport business entrepreneur Mary Bennett Cane was born 200 years ago this week in New Hampshire. Commentator Gary Joiner recognizes her influence on the Shreveport economy in its early days.

Gary Joiner is a cartographer and an associate professor of history at LSU in Shreveport. He is the author or editor of 12 books including “Shiloh and the Western Campaign of 1862,” “One Damn Blunder From Beginning to End: The Red River Campaign in 1864,” “Through the Howling Wilderness: The Red River Campaign and Union Failure in 1864,” “Red River Steamboats,” and “Mr. Lincoln's Brown Water Navy: Mississippi Squadron.”