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From: Louisiana Cemeteries <>
Subject: [LA-CEMETERY-PRESERVATION] Rapides Parish Cemetery Pineville,Louisiana
Date: Sat, 13 Aug 2011 11:27:08 -0700 (PDT)


Attached you will find a photo taken in April 2010 of broken headstones in the Rapides Parish Cemetery in Pineville taken by Carey Harrison Weeks and provided via Facebook.

http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/24547_410665189282_569369282_5080697_5601703_n.jpg

This incident vandalism and graffiti was reported to the Louisiana Cemetery Board May 2010.

See this thread:
http://louisianacemeteries.wikispaces.com/message/view/home/23905281

August 10, 2011 via Facebook another personal account of a visit to this cemetery revealed an unkept cemetery, vandalism etc.

Old Rapides Post National Cemetery Vandalism
by Sandra Gonzaque Lewis on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at 9:07am

Old Rapides Post Cemetery of Louisiana is showing signs of recent Vandalism , tombs tops have been opened and some have suffered breaks from the intrusions. It even seems that in the open tombs someone has setup home in them. How do you find who needs to know about this and repair the damage. There are also old trees that limbs (very large limbs) have fallen off and broken the headstones on graves below them (patriots of the early 1800’s) . This is a National Historical site, signs and all recognition descriptions, are posted in front of the entrance. But it is obvious that no one is visiting to monitor its conditions in a long time. Grass is cut but fence is not cleared of debris nor over growth cleared. Who is responsible? The grave sites of the Jewish Cemetery and the other Memorial Baptist grave yard are impeccable, beautifully kept, it is a shame that a National Historical site is the “EYE SOAR” of that area directly off the City of Pineville
Main Street.

This is a list of contacts for Louisiana local parish and city and Louisiana state governments.

http://louisianacemeteries.wikispaces.com/contact

Please utilize it and contact authorities who are responsible for maintaining and preserving our history and our Louisiana cemeteries.



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