Burr Oak Cemetery: Historic resting p...

Burr Oak Cemetery: Historic resting place of prominent African-...

There are 84 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from May 28, 2009, titled Burr Oak Cemetery: Historic resting place of prominent African-.... In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

Sunken or tilting gravestones, unmanageable roads, rivers of rainwater, and an abundance of uncut weeds dot the Alsip cemetery where Emmett Till , blues legend Dinah Washington and heavyweight boxing champion Ezzard Charles are buried along with many other famous figures.

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KB Minooka

AOL

#77 Jul 8, 2009
Butch wrote:
It's a real shame that these large corporations are buying up funeral homes and cemeteries.They don't seem to give a damn about anything exept the almighty dollar.I only hope that Perpetua Inc. is made to fix these problems so that the people visiting can be assured that thier loved ones are resting in peace.
You are soooooooo right, They only care about the ALMIGHTY DOLLAR........LOOK what they did to GEORGE GIPP AND HIS DECEASED AND LIVING FAMILY MEMBERS These big companies dont gives a rats butt about REAL PEOPLE they only care about their P and L statements. SHAME ON THEM ALL - JUST SHAME ON THEM !!
Mr Voter

Tinley Park, IL

#78 Jul 9, 2009
Just goes to ashow how low these scum will go to steal a few bucks from the dead....to bad we can't bury them alive in the same graves!.....
IL. Land of Corruption.....
sheila blueisland iL

Midlothian, IL

#79 Jul 9, 2009
Hello my name is sheila. My mother is buried in burr oak and i was shocked and it lets me know that god is good and he sends you signs. i wa just at burr oak 3 days ago and they were having a buriel in the 4 o clock hour and to my knowledge they close at that time so that means they gace the family a rush job. but never the less i told my best fiend that my mother has been here 20 years exactly and after all these years they still have room i just dont see, its a bod cementery true enough but not big enough to keep buring people forever. and then the next day or so this comes on the news. wow god is good and he sent me the sign. iam on my way to there now to see whats going on to get some closure about this situation. iam in so much pain at this all i can do is pray and hope its get better soon.
Historically

Columbus, GA

#80 Jul 9, 2009
More bad news about Burr Oak. I just heard today's news all the way here in Georgia. My friend emailed me about it. I am so saddened and scared. My moms stone was to go down this week. She just died in January and they don't put the stones down in winter. I have tried to call the 800 to the sheriff's department to get more info,but it is of course busy. I hope that none of our relatives were moved. Everyone is in that cemetery since 1950.
Historically

Columbus, GA

#81 Jul 9, 2009
"Hello my name is sheila. My mother is buried in burr oak and i was shocked and it lets me know that god is good and he sends you signs. i wa just at burr oak 3 days ago and they were having a buriel in the 4 o clock hour and to my knowledge they close at that time so that means they gace the family a rush job. but never the less i told my best fiend that my mother has been here 20 years exactly and after all these years they still have room i just dont see, its a bod cementery true enough but not big enough to keep buring people forever. and then the next day or so this comes on the news. wow god is good and he sent me the sign. iam on my way to there now to see whats going on to get some closure about this situation. iam in so much pain at this all i can do is pray and hope its get better soon".

I had always wondered that myself. As I said our family has been using that cemetery for about 60 years.
Interesting

Quincy, IL

#83 Jul 9, 2009
They pulled my post when I asked where was Jesse Jackson, and lo and behold, there he was!!!! Don't stand between Jesse and a microphone!

He is actually speaking out about this! Wow. I guess these people are not from the same gangs that the kids were in the Decatur schools when Jesse was there saying the suspensions (of gang members who fought at a football game) was racist.
Interesting

Quincy, IL

#84 Jul 9, 2009
By the way, I am very for the prosecution of those who did this. They deserve it. Nobody's grave should be violated like that.

But it should also not be a reason for appearing in front of a microphone.
Just Wondering

Toronto, Canada

#86 Jul 10, 2009
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-... ****(talks about hills and slopes from the dumping ground)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/chi-090529...
****(image 37...Emmitt Tills grave back in May)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/health/chi-090529... ***(Image 4...Disturbed headstone)

http://images.google.ca/imgres... ***(Look at headstone to right of Emmitt Tills stone)????
Just Wondering

Toronto, Canada

#87 Jul 10, 2009
Disco wrote:
<quoted text>
when someone can't find a gravesite and the office is called by a groundskeeper or some other employee for help, is the office really look up the information or are they just saying whatever?
when i went last summer i couldn't find my granmothers grave. one of the groundskeepers approached me and asked if he could be of assistance. after talking on his walkie talkie with the office for a good 20 minutes he was given some infomation, walked a few paces from a tree, which was in the vicinity of where the office told me my grandmother was buried, and said to me she is right here. there was no headstone or anything to really prove that she was there. i knew my family was poor, so i just assumed that they were too poor to buy her a stone. and, it only made me mad at my father and his brother for not buying their mother (my grandmother) a stone when they got older and able to afford it. so, i wasn't mad at Burr Oak for her not having a stone. since you worked there, should I have been mad a burr oak for her not having a stone.
are there a lot of graves there with no headstones?
on the day that i visited burr oak (first time in my life) there were a good 7-8 groundskeepers on duty and two office workers. should there have been more? what were staffing levels like when you were there?
This is really a telling comment! It sounds like they were giving you the BS..What creeps! Sorry you had to go through that.
Just Wondering

Toronto, Canada

#88 Jul 10, 2009
Historically wrote:
Hi,
I came across this article because I Googled the cemetery to find their phone number. I had to call them to order my mom's gravestone. All of my deceased family, since 1950, are in that cemetery. That is our families cemetery. I was there to bury my mom on January 30, 2009. The ground was covered with snow and it was very cold, so I did not see anything that appeared out of place at the time. The time that I was there prior to this was in the Summer of 2006. Again that day everything looked ok although we did have to ask them to trim around and raise a few stones, but I attributed that to the fact that those were stones that were there since the 1950's and 70's. I live in Georgia and cannot monitor the sites as often as I would like. However, I will be home for a few weeks in July and will have to go to check on the newly laid stone. Because I am just learning of this, I will also check the other family members graves as well. I also am interested in forming a committee to keep the cemetery looking well.
I hope all your loved ones are safe! Take care.
Just Wondering

Toronto, Canada

#89 Jul 10, 2009
Full disclosure wrote:
Who the heck would drive through a cemetary? If it is flooded, walk or come back later. Those who drove are as much a part of the problem as the people not performing maintenance. Are the stones sinking or toppling from neglect or because they are being driven over?
They were probably the ones driving over them when they were dumping! I can't imagine ANYONE going to pat respects doing that to other's.
Cemetery tourist

Palos Hills, IL

#90 Jul 10, 2009
That's what i say too. They look like dump truck tracks. I have been there. No one would go off the road to drive in mud , in a cemetery. They would back up and go another way.
moreofthesame

Edwardsburg, MI

#91 Jul 10, 2009
What a disgrace. What kind of scum would perpetuate this type of scheme? How low can this society fall, just when you think we've hit bottom, we set a new low.
Joe

Cicero, IL

#92 Jul 10, 2009
moreofthesame wrote:
What a disgrace. What kind of scum would perpetuate this type of scheme? How low can this society fall, just when you think we've hit bottom, we set a new low.
You don't like being crowded at the bottom, eh, moreofthesame?
gmsucks

Edwardsburg, MI

#93 Jul 10, 2009
Joe wrote:
<quoted text>
You don't like being crowded at the bottom, eh, moreofthesame?
Hey, sounds like joe is in favor of desecrating graves. Have some respect for the dead, you barry supporting imbecile. I guess your post demostrates that you'll always be a bottom feeder. Hey, aren't there people out there you need to call a racist somewhere?
Joe

Cicero, IL

#94 Jul 10, 2009
gmsucks wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, sounds like joe is in favor of desecrating graves. Have some respect for the dead, you barry supporting imbecile. I guess your post demostrates that you'll always be a bottom feeder. Hey, aren't there people out there you need to call a racist somewhere?
Just the actual racists, GM. Do you count yourself among them?
Mr Voter

Chicago, IL

#95 Jul 10, 2009
Disco wrote:
<quoted text>
when someone can't find a gravesite and the office is called by a groundskeeper or some other employee for help, is the office really look up the information or are they just saying whatever?
when i went last summer i couldn't find my granmothers grave. one of the groundskeepers approached me and asked if he could be of assistance. after talking on his walkie talkie with the office for a good 20 minutes he was given some infomation, walked a few paces from a tree, which was in the vicinity of where the office told me my grandmother was buried, and said to me she is right here. there was no headstone or anything to really prove that she was there. i knew my family was poor, so i just assumed that they were too poor to buy her a stone. and, it only made me mad at my father and his brother for not buying their mother (my grandmother) a stone when they got older and able to afford it. so, i wasn't mad at Burr Oak for her not having a stone. since you worked there, should I have been mad a burr oak for her not having a stone.
are there a lot of graves there with no headstones?
on the day that i visited burr oak (first time in my life) there were a good 7-8 groundskeepers on duty and two office workers. should there have been more? what were staffing levels like when you were there?
Lots of rif raf going on it was clicked up and you could sense a problem, peolpe coming in complaining about the graves or not being able to find them. just could not figure it out. I quit working after a few days....I knew back in 2003 something was wrong and told the main staff ( a women ) located at 127th St office that there was something wrong and the conditions were really bad. I was told to just to try and fit in.......I quit the next day!
Amazing

Chicago, IL

#98 Jul 10, 2009
I'm just sick about this. My grandmother wanted to be buried there with my grandfather. I guess this explains why I couldn't find her grave the first time I went out there and the second time I went I found her without out the shephard's hook that was purchased for her. I can only pray her spirit is at peace since those bas-tar-ds are not allowing her shell to rest.
Chelle7822

Springfield, IL

#102 Jul 13, 2009
gmsucks wrote:
<quoted text>
Hey, sounds like joe is in favor of desecrating graves. Have some respect for the dead, you barry supporting imbecile. I guess your post demostrates that you'll always be a bottom feeder. Hey, aren't there people out there you need to call a racist somewhere?
Racist.
Welcome2Reality

AOL

#103 Jul 14, 2009
Come on people! Don't you see the writing on the wall? LAWSUIT & MONEY WE DON"T HAVE TO WORK FOR.
Don't you find it strange that these "greiving survivors" need a map to find the grave of their loved ones? They, like roaches, have emerged from the cracks. In reality, it's probably the first time they have been back to the cemetery since the burial. If they cared SO MUCH, why didn't they clean the plots of their "historic black" ancestors? Hummmmmm-maybe because that wasn't a money making deal. Guess they were waiting for white people to clean up their mess once again. Did't happen and it was their OWN color who did it. Just look at the 4 smiling faces in the booking photos!

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