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Harrison Johnson Burial Site at Wyuka Funeral Home and Cemetery

The Wyuka Cemetery in Lincoln, Nebraska, is the burial site of Harrison Johnson who was a freedom seeker and Union soldier during the Civil War. Harrison Johnson was enslaved in Arkansas until he sought his freedom in 1864. After escaping, Johnson joined with the Nebraska's First Calvary (formerly Infantry) while they were stationed in Batesville, Arkansas. Johnson began his time in the cavalry as an undercook for company "H" which was a majority white company, and was even a part of a memorable fire-fight with a tribe of American Indians. After serving during the war, Johnson made his way to Lincoln Nebraska, where he married Margaret Collins, and had a son, John Johnson, who later became a popular photographer in the mid 20th century. Johnson died on May 22, 1900 from enteritis,[1] a complication from typhoid fever, and was laid to rest in Wyuka Cemetery.

Harrison Johnson's burial site is Stop 9 on the official Wyuka Cemetery Tour available online at http://www.nebraskahistory.org/histpres/reports/Wyuka_Cemetery_Tour.pdf.

 


[1] Enteritis is an inflammation of the intestinal tract that can be the result of various factors including infection or poison.

 

Visitor Information: Currently open to public.

Location: 3600 O Street, Lincoln, Lancaster, 68510

National Park Unit: No

Ownership: Board of Trustees Wyuka Cemetery

Location Type: Site

Freedom Seekers: Harrison Johnson (AR, 1864)