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California headstones marked with racial slur replaced

Given the news lately, it's nice to see that these racial epithets are finally being removed.

AP reports:

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — 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.

    California prison inmates who are part of a work program were placing granite headstones on many of the 36 graves at the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery near Folsom, about 25 miles east of the state capital.

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers relocated the graves from a site a few miles away known as Negro Hill to build Folsom Dam in 1954. The N-word was chiseled into the new markers, and activists have long sought for them to be replaced.

    Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Steven Abujen, an California prison inmate with the Prison Industry Authority, cleans one of the newly installed headstones that is replacing one of the offensive markers bearing the n-word at the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery, near Folsom, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18. In 1954, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers had the remains of 36 bodies buried at the Gold Rush-era Negro Hill Cemetery moved to construct Folsom Lake. When the bodies were moved, the graves were marked by stones with a derogatory term for African-American. Now, some 60 years later the offensive markers are being replaced with newly made granite stones.

     


    Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Robert Ramirez, of the Stockton Monument Company, removes the lettering on a stencil before sandblasting a headstone that will be used to replace one of the offensive grave makers using the n-word, for the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery.

    Rich Pedroncelli / AP

    Robert Ramirez, of the Stockton Monument Company, sandblasts the lettering on a headstone that will replace one of the offensive markers bearing the n-word at the Mormon Island Relocation Cemetery, near Folsom, Calif., Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011.