A Long-Lived Legacy

 

Preacher Smith’s murder couldn’t stop his words.

Henry Weston Smith—better known as Preacher Smith—was the first minister in Deadwood when he got there in May 1876. His time was short; Smith was murdered while traveling to another town (to preach) on August 20, 1876. But he is still remembered. A large stone marks his grave in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.

And in 1995, a monument near the location of his death was rededicated. Part of the ceremony: a man read the sermon that Smith was planning to give on the day he died, with the paper still showing his bloodstains.

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