Is there a solution to replacing racist grave markers in El Dorado County?

12:28 AM, May 6, 2011   |    comments
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El Dorado County, CA -  A dirty little secret of Mormon Island Cemetary has been brought to the forefront after activists raised the issue.

Numerous headstones that are engraved with the 'N'-word to mark the graves of unknown African American pioneers, relocated from Negro Hill Cemetary in the 1950s, are still in place today.

"Those graves have been there before I was born, I can't believe the offense headstones are still there," California Prison Industries Authority Chuck Patillo said.

The Prison Industries Authority helps rehabilitate inmates.   Many of them build anything from buildings to park benches.

The authority is offering to build new gravestones for free.

"We're offering a quick fix, go in and take out the old headstones and build new ones and replace them," Patillo said.

El Dorado County had estimated replacing the offensive markers would cost $30,000. But Prison Industries are offering to do the job ffree of charge.

No word yet if officials will accept the offer.


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