Confederate Graves Vandalized With BLM Graffiti, Anti-Police Slogans
Cemetery in Little Rock, Arkansas forced to add surveillance
An Arkansas cemetery has been forced to add additional surveillance after Confederate graves, and a monument to Confederate war dead was sprayed with Black Lives Matter and anti-police slogans.
The vandal entered the Oakland-Fraternal Cemetery in Little Rock earlier this month and defaced an obelisk devoted to 900 unknown Confederate soldiers.
The vandals also spray-painted over nine Confederate graves, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
The phrases scrawled on the memorials included:
- “Black Lives Matter"
- “F Trump"
- "F your martyr"
- “Defund the pigs!!”
The word “Confederate” was also chopped out of the wooden headstones, which were defaced with the letters B, L, and M.
One headstone was wholly removed.
Sexton John Raines told the local paper:
“They destroyed one of our obelisks and wrote all over it with spray paint, and chipped it very badly beyond repair.
"They wrote a bunch of racial slurs and f this, f that.”
“It’s irreplaceable,” Raines continued.
“I mean, we could have it replaced, I guess. It’d be tens of thousands of dollars to do, but we don’t have plans at this moment.”
Confederate section of Little Rock cemetery damaged https://t.co/tvafKo0X9P— AR Democrat-Gazette (@ArkansasOnline) July 27, 2020
The cemetery was founded in 1862 to inter the many Civil War soldiers who died at the hospital in Little Rock.
The site has been on the National Register of Historic Places since 1996.
“This little tiny Confederate cemetery — they would have really have to have come looking for this,” Raines said.
Shortly before the incident, the Sons of Confederate Veterans donated surveillance cameras which captured clear pictures of the vandals.
Footage shows a black man with a walkie-talkie, and a white woman approached the obelisk before attempting to rip it down.
“[We put them up] about a week before this happened,” Raines said.
“It was total luck. Those were donated by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. They’ve told us since then they’re going to donate probably another 10 to the cemetery to be used all over.”
The perpetrators “were looking around to see if anything was watching them, and they found the cameras and threw them,” he said.
“They threw them not knowing they had little SD cards in them. They should have stolen them, but they didn’t.”
The news comes two weeks after House Democrats released a draft of a funding bill which includes a plan to remove statues of those who served the Confederacy or have "unambiguous records of racial intolerance."
The bill has set the stage for a battle between the Democrats and President Donald Trump after he vowed to protect America's historical statues and monuments.