Activists Not Backing Plan To Fix Gravestones Slur

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leading advocate of removing a racial slur from the headstones marking 36 Gold Rush-era graves is refusing to support a proposal from a state agency to do just that.

Michael Harris said Thursday he is not opposing the plan from the California Prison Industry Authority, which has offered to replace the markers. But he said he wants to see something in writing and also wants much more.

During a news conference in Sacramento, Harris said he wants to restore a state landmark commemorating the pioneers from Negro Hill and establish a monument explaining they were wrongfully identified with the slur.

In 1954, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved the graves near Folsom to make way for a reservoir and gave them new gravestones emblazoned with the derogatory term.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Judy

    When these people were buried over a hundred years ago it was different times, I think the word should STAY on the gravestones, its part of U.S. History,what will be next?? the name changed from Negro Hill to White Man Hill??

    • Rob

      Yeah but the problem is the “N” word wasn’t on the gravestone, Negro was. The Army Corps changed it when they were reburied. That is a bit racist to me. If PIA wants to change it let them, but don’t demand what else must be done like the activists are now doing.

  • Redneckwriter

    Michael Harris wants to see marble grave stones on these sites. I say if he wants the marble, let him pay for it.

  • Black crow scammer

    Harris, get a life……………….

    Are we going to erase the fact that president obama is the one who destroyed Amerika………….

  • Bob

    If you erase the past it will be repeated. Leave it to show how far we have come and what has been accomplished. Leave it to show the intolerance of a long past era.

    • landsknekt

      Bob, Just what I was going to write. This is history folks, and if we go rewriting it, we are doomed to repeat it.


    I also agree that they should remain as is, it’s history.

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