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Oakwood Cemetery asks for help with vandalism

From left, Historic Oakwood Cemetery employees Sam Smith and Robin Simonton show Ron Bartholomew and Michael Batts of Wake Monument vandalized grave markers and monuments in the Confederate section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C.
From left, Historic Oakwood Cemetery employees Sam Smith and Robin Simonton show Ron Bartholomew and Michael Batts of Wake Monument vandalized grave markers and monuments in the Confederate section of Historic Oakwood Cemetery Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Oakwood Cemetery is seeking donations to offset $23,000 damage to Confederate and other graves vandalized last week.

Nine monuments, including that marking the grave of N.C. Governor Charles Aycock, were spray-painted with graffiti expressing anti-racism sentiments. Aycock’s grave was painted “white supremacist,” and many other high-ranking officers in the Civil War had their markers painted with “slavery” in large letters.

The cemetery, which is private but open to the public, asks donors to use the following online link: https://www.crowdrise.com/graffitiremovalfromv/fundraiser/robinsimonton#[object%20Object]. Donations may also be mailed to Oakwood Cemetery, PO Box 26867, Raleigh, NC, 27611.

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