Josiah's tomb is located in the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Circle at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Omaha, Nebraska. He was the second to last remaining African-American Civil War veteran in Omaha at the time of his passing.
“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letter, U.S.; let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder, and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth that can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship” –Frederick Douglass.
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After discovering the graves in the back of Laurel Hill cemetery, Mrs. Woodall and other community members hoped to place a memorial marker on Row 19. Shortly after their discovery the Veterans of Foreign Wars placed wooden crosses at the site, but they were constantly moved because of mowing and began to rot. People thought a permanent memorial would be much better than the old crosses. Mrs. Woodall conferred with others from the community to come up with the text that would be written on the memorial. On July 3, 2011 a ceremony was held to dedicate the memorial to the African-Americans buried in Row 19.