Remains of William Taylor White (1837-1852) Donated To Smithsonian With His Coffin and Clothing

Posted by admin on May 10, 2013

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History recently acquired the remains, clothing and coffin of William Taylor White, a 15-year-old boy who was buried in Washington, D.C. in 1852.

His coffin was unearthed in Washington’s Columbia Heights neighborhood in April 2005 during a construction project at an apartment building. White, who was a student at Columbian College from Accomack County, Va., died of pneumonia and complications from a mitral heart defect.

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