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      Jesse Kirk's original headstone is being preserved

      A new piece of Kirksville history is now being preserved.

      The original headstone of Jesse Kirk's was donated to the Adair County Historical Society Monday afternoon. The city of Kirksville was named after Kirk.

      The original tombstone was repaired so many times a new one had to be made.

      But the Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee wanted to make sure the old stone can be in a safe place and taken care of.

      "Ever since we started this commission about a year ago. It's amazing the cooperation and help from the City of Kirksville that we're had. We are so grateful to them and all the citizens who have been active in participating," said Friends of Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery Committee Chair Dwight Buckingham.

      The original stone will be on display at the Adair County Historical Society Museum.

      Jesse Kirk's new headstone is now placed at the Forest-Llewellyn Cemetery. There was a stone setting and dedication ceremony Sunday afternoon. Click here for that story.

      Buckingham hopes these last two days will help leave an everlasting legacy to the Kirk name.