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African-American cemetery vandalized
BATON ROUGE - Graffiti outside a historic cemetery in Baton Rouge is drawing the attention of local officials and law enforcement.
East Baton Rouge Councilwoman Tara Wicker tells WBRZ a volunteer first spotted the spray-painted messages Monday outside the Historic Sweet Olive Cemetery on Florida Boulevard.
Graffiti has been popping up around Florida Blvd lately, but one councilwoman says this crosses the line — defacing a historic African American cemetery sign. What it’s going to take to stop this tonight on @WBRZ pic.twitter.com/2GZnxVjH3M— Sydney Kern (@sydneykern) January 21, 2020
According to the Sweet Olive website, the cemetery dates back more than 100 years and is the oldest African-American cemetery established in Baton Rouge by an African-American fraternal organization.
The Baton Rouge Police Department confirmed it's looking into the situation and says investigators suspect the culprit is responsible for other acts of vandalism in the area.
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