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New marker dedication planned at S.L. cemetery

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A new marker will be dedicated Saturday to honor 48 pioneers buried in a historic cemetery near downtown Salt Lake City.

The Kimball-Whitney Family Cemetery, located between Main and State streets and half a block north of North Temple, was first used in July 1848 when 6-month-old Samuel Chase Kimball was buried.The infant's father, Heber C. Kimball, who served for more than 20 years as first counselor to Brigham Young in the LDS Church's First Presidency, and two of his wives are named on a monument in the cemetery.

The new marker will add the names of 48 other people buried there. Most are members of the Kimball and Whitney families. Buried in the cemetery are 32 children, 20 of them under the age of 3. Also buried there were two American Indian girls informally adopted by the Kimball families.

The marker will be dedicated June 20 at 11 a.m. by an official from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which now maintains the property.