Historic Oakwood Cemetery has increased the reward to $3,500 for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of vandals who damaged nine monuments and caused more than $20,000 in damage.
Last month, numerous graves in the Confederate Cemetery were spray-painted with anti-racist slogans. Gov. Charles B. Aycock’s headstone was also defaced, the only such stone to be damaged outside of the Civil War era. The cemetery initially offered a reward of $1,000 for information about the crime.
“We hope that by increasing this reward those that perhaps have heard something, seen something or know something will come forward and report what they know to the police,” cemetery executive director Robin Simonton said. “We have high hopes that these vandals will be caught and held accountable for their actions. The cemetery is as sacred as the church, and our board members, staff, families, and friends will not tolerate vandalism. It is unnecessary and fruitless.”
Fundraising efforts have raised much of the money needed to restore the monuments. Anyone with information that might assist the investigation is asked to call Raleigh CrimeStoppers at 919-834-4357 or visit raleighcrimestoppers.org. CrimeStoppers pays cash rewards for anonymous tips that help solve cases.