Negro Hill

Gravestones at an El Dorado County cemetery were mistakenly engraved with the N-word. (credit: CBS)

Gravestones Bearing Racial Slur Replaced

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.

10/18/2011

One of 36 grave markers that had been moved from the gold rush era Negro Hill Cemetery to the Mormon Island relocation cemetery near Folsom. The burial plots from Negro Hill went unmarked for more than half a century, until a contractor hired by the Army Corps of Engineers moved the bodies to make way for a lake, and marked the graves with stones that used a derogatory term for African-American. (CBS / AP)

Theft Of Headstones With Slurs Prompts Action

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.

06/07/2011

Gravestones at an El Dorado County cemetery were mistakenly engraved with the N-word. (credit: CBS)

Plan To Remove Racial Slur From Headstones Gets Approval

A racial slur etched on 36 tombstones will finally be removed after more than 50 years.

05/24/2011

Negro Hill Grave Markers

Inmates May Replace Gravestones Containing Racial Slur

A group of inmates may finally solve a lingering racist eyesore that community members have been lobbying to fix for nearly a decade.

05/17/2011

Gravestones

Activists Not Backing Plan To Fix Gravestones Slur

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.

05/12/2011

One of 36 grave markers that had been moved from the gold rush era Negro Hill Cemetery to the Mormon Island relocation cemetery near Folsom. The burial plots from Negro Hill went unmarked for more than half a century, until a contractor hired by the Army Corps of Engineers moved the bodies to make way for a lake, and marked the graves with stones that used a derogatory term for African-American. (CBS / AP)

Group Offers To Remove N-Word From NorCal Gravestones

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.

05/06/2011

Gravestones at an El Dorado County cemetery were mistakenly engraved with the N-word. (credit: CBS)

Effort To Replace Slurred Gravestones Blocked

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.

CBS13–02/23/2011