Private Owen Wilkinson was born in 1899, the son of a native father and a mixed-race mother. He lived in Casey County wit his family until his death, in 1946.
World War I vet, segregated cemetery to receive honor

The story of U.S. Army Private Owen Wilkinson, while gaining a following now, very nearly became another lost page of history.

 However, either by chance or divine providence, a random Internet search for a friend’s relative turned up one of the greatest local discoveries to date.

Wilkinson, a multi-racial veteran of World War I, will soon be honored for his service to the United States; and, along with him, honor will be given to generations of men and women laid to rest in a segregated cemetery.


The Search Begins