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Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Recycling" Graves in Chicago

Four Chicago-area cemetery workers have been charged with allegedly digging up graves and dumping the remains so the burial plots could be resold, prosecutors said on Thursday.

The Burr Oak Cemetery in suburban Alsip is the burial site for several prominent black Americans, including blues singer Dinah Washington, boxing champion Ezzard Charles, and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old boy whose brutal 1955 slaying in Mississippi stoked the civil rights movement.

Till's grave was not disturbed but Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart said it was not immediately clear whose plots had been dug up.

link: Chicago cemetery graves dug up and resold | U.S. | Reuters


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