Memorial Day supporters are very distraught over the vandalism of a Black hero’s grave site.
At a time when Black people were denied freedom due to the color of their skin, Lafayette Logan still fought in the Civil War under Massachusetts’ 54th Infantry Regiment. The Black military vet, as well as many other Black soldiers who fought for the U.S., is buried at Mount Moor Cemetery in West Nyack, New York.
Prominent civil rights activists and a number of historians who met at the cemetery Wednesday morning said they were angered by the individual(s) who would commit such a vile act.
“This is sacred ground for us…Our history is up here,” David Smith who’s also a war veteran told Lohud.
The suspect vandalized Logan’s heirloom headstone and his marker is nowhere to be found. Smith thinks the damage happened some time during the holiday season, possibly around Christmas or New Year’s, but the fragments of the stone were just found a few weeks ago.
“We were taught that cemeteries are places of respect and honor,” Wilbur Aldridge, the regional director of the NAACP told the news outlet. “Obviously, some people missed that lesson… I would like to be shocked but anything can happen. I am surprised people would come to this area and do something so despicable.”
The cemetery holds a special place in Black history in the U.S., as it honors African-American war heroes who were never recognized
The president of the Historical Society of the Nyacks, Win Perry said, “Mount Moor is a visual and physical reminder of the history of African-American people in the community… Many of them were veterans who fought in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and the world wars to Korea.”
Mount Moor Cemetery was deeded on July 7, 1849, and offers burial space for Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World Wars I and II and other war veterans.