Headstones damaged in historic cemetery

A headstone is in pieces at the Old City Cemetery that is part of the Broadway Cemetery Historic District in Galveston on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. More than 80 headstones were damaged in the past month.

Few crimes against property are worse than the vandalism of gravesites, as happened yet again this week in the Broadway Cemetery Historic District. No matter what your belief system, the intentional desecration of burial sites is universally considered among lowest of low actions.

Last Saturday, a Galveston man was arrested and accused of causing more than $13,000 in damage to headstones in one of the historic cemeteries south of Broadway. While police reported they found at least 16 broken headstones Saturday, they also revealed the city had received reports of at least 80 broken headstones over the past month.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207; leonard.woolsey@galvnews.com

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Bailey Jones


Charles Douglas

...times fifty!!!!!!

Ted Gillis

We had this happen several times throughout the years to a small rural cemetery on Dickinson Bayou. Some of the marker stones were actually thrown into the bayou. We keep the site fenced and locked, however due to it’s remoteness, it’s hard to patrol it. With only a few stones remaining, we erected a common stone a few years ago with as many names on it as we could identify. Acts of vandalism like this usually go unpunished. I’m glad they found this guy. Hopefully he will make a change in his life, after being shamed for this behavior.

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