Mary Paine died on New Year’s Eve in 1713. At 15 months old, she had barely lived. But because of Roland McCandlish, Mary’s headstone saw the world.
In 1955, the then-20-year-old sailor snatched it from a tool shed at Copp’s Hill Burying Ground in the North End of Boston and took it back to his ship, docked at the Charlestown Navy Yard.
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