Confederate veteran cemetery vandalized

Scott Rogers
The News-Star
January 11, 2015

Members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans were horrified this week to find several historic grave sites dating back to the Civil War destroyed by vandals.

Sons of Confederate Veterans Louisiana Division Commander Thomas Taylor said vandals broke several gravestones at Tennille Cemetery in Monroe near the University of Louisiana at Monroe. Several were the burial ground of children who died during the Civil War.

"You can see the marks on them where they beat them until they broke off," Taylor said.

The organization has asked the Monroe Police Department to investigate the desecration of one of Monroe’s landmark cemeteries.

The Sons of Confederate Veterans took ownership of the cemetery five years ago. No acts of vandalism has occurred under their watch but there has been desecration in the past.

Anger was the emotion he felt upon seeing the vandalism.

"People who don’t have any heritage don’t care about history. This is depressing and we’re very angry about it," Taylor said.

Taylor plans to meet with a monument vendor to determine how the gravestones can be repaired.

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