Complaints Filed After Logging Operations Damages Historic Illinois Cemetery

Local genealogists and archaeologists are concerned about logging damage in an historic black cemetery between Millstadt and Centreville, Illinois, that has graves from the 1800s and early 1900s, including those of Civil War soldiers. They’ve complained to local authorities about logging trucks driving through the hilly, overgrown property, known as St. George Cemetery, and knocking over, breaking or moving headstones, some a century or more old.

“It’s history, and it’s being destroyed, and nobody seems to care,” said cemetery researcher Judy Jennings, of O’Fallon, a member of the St. Clair County Genealogical Society.

The St. Clair County coroner’s office and sheriff’s department turned the case over to the state’s attorney’s office as a possible violation of the Human Skeletal Remains Act, which prohibits people from disturbing protected remains or grave markers without a permit from the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (IHPA).

You can read more in an article by Teri Maddox in the Belleville News-Democrat at: https://goo.gl/HOvFjF.

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There are laws that need to be enforced there, to stop the damage

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sure looks like some one ( group) will have to do some paper trailing and hold the town’s/city’s feet to the fire about this abomination. There has to be a group that can not only hustle some money to provide the material and time to press charges and get some action … other wise the politico’s will just shrug and turn their back … State and national interest needs to be alerted with well put publications and vocal and legal pressure on the city and the state to cough up the means to rectify this mess… actually it looks like who ever hires those trucks that created some of this mess should be facing law suits

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