Oakland Cemetery

Tour Stop 4 - Mary Bennett Cane

Mary Bennett Cane was Shreveport’s female settler of European descent. She was a business partner of Henry Miller Shreve in the Shreve Town Company and operated a ferry service between across the Red River as well as an extensive supply business for pioneers heading west. She is considered to be the “mother” of Shreveport and the “grandmother” of Bossier City. Cane owned Elysian Grove Plantation near the Bossier side of the Texas Street Bridge. She was born in Chichester, New Hampshire, on August 27, 1812, and died in Bossier Parish on May 13, 1902.

Mary Bennett Cane