In Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, in an area otherwise devoid of grave markers, lies this marker for Nelson Stevens,
Stevens was born a slave in Virginia, on a tobacco plantation near Lynchburg, in 1832. In the early 1860s he escaped and made his way to Canada. In 1864 he returned to fight in the Civil War. He enlisted in the 25th U.S. Colored Troops and saw service in Florida. After the war he returned to Hamilton, Ontario. In 1890 he died and was buried in an unmarked pauper’s grave. Recent research by Robin McKee turned up the location of Stevens’ grave, which was marked by the stone shown above in 2007.
Here is a video showing Robin McKee of Historical Perspectives and Laura Markey, President of Bay Gardens Funeral Home & Bayview Cemetery, Crematory & Mausoleum discussing Nelson Stevens:
More information: “Unearthing a Civil War” (Hamilton Spectator, May 7, 2007).