Workers on Tuesday began installing new markers at a public cemetery near Sacramento where relocated Gold Rush-era gravestones had been marked with the N-word.
The theft of a headstone marked with a racial slur sent Northern California officials rushing Tuesday to remove nearly three dozen more grave markers that identify settlers from a Gold Rush mining town.
A racial slur etched on 36 tombstones will finally be removed after more than 50 years.
A group of inmates may finally solve a lingering racist eyesore that community members have been lobbying to fix for nearly a decade.
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.
Time has weathered the 36 concrete gravestones in a dusty, half-century-old cemetery tucked away in a corner of California’s former gold fields. Time has not erased, however, the bigotry of a bygone era carved into the markers.
A serious mistake by the government more than a half century ago led to dozens of graves being engraved with a racial slur, but an effort by a local Eagle Scout to replace the markers has been blocked.