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Iconoclastic Journalist Still Commands Attention At Oakwood Cemetery

April 6, 2011

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William Cowper Brann lived just 43 years, but managed to pack a lifetime's worth of influence and build a lifetime's worth of enemies into the years leading up to his death in 1898. His marker is one of the more visually interesting and remains the most-visited in the cemetery, even though his name appears no where on it. A publisher, his journal "The Iconoclast" was aptly named, a perfect description for the man William Cowper Brann himself. Oakwood superintendent David Evans has many stories about the site.

In addition to the theft of his marker, a visit to William Cowper Brann's grave remains a staple of the Baylor University fraternity initiation process. Pictures and prior stories on Oakwood are available online at KWBU.org. Superintendent David Evans, our tour guide for this series, encourages anyone interested in Waco history to come visit Oakwood Cemetery. At guests' request, he loves giving tours of the cemetery that has been a part of his family's life for the last five decades, telling stories like the ones we've heard on 103.3 fm. For KWBU News, I'm Derek Smith.

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