A Louisiana cemetery told the family of a Black deputy he couldn't be buried there because it was only for White people

Karla Semien이 고인이 된 남편이 묻힐 음모를 골라 묘지로 갔을 때, it was as if she’d stepped back into the 1950’s.

그녀의 남편 Darrell Semien, a sheriff’s deputy for Allen Parish, 루이지애나, 사망 한 1 월 24 after being diagnosed with cancer in December, CNN affiliate KPLC 신고.
Semien went to Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin earlier this week to inquire about laying her husband to rest there. But a woman at the cemetery turned her away because her husband was African American.
I met with the lady out there and she said she could NOT sell me a plot because the cemetery is a WHITES ONLY cemetery,” Semien wrote on Facebook. “She even had paperwork on a clipboard showing me that only white human beings can be buried there. She stood in front of me and all my kids. Wow what a slap in the face.
    CNN has reached out to Semien for comment.
    Creig Vizena, president of the Oaklin Springs Cemetery Association, told CNN affiliate KATC that he was ashamed to learn about how the Semien family had been treated. The woman who turned them away was in her 80s and has since beenrelieved of her duties,” 그는 말했다 the Washington Post.
    CNN was unable to reach Vizena for comment.
    Vizena told KPLC that he hadn’t been aware of the language contained in the cemetery’s sales contracts, which date back to the 1950s and included the phrasethe right of burial of the remains of white human beings.The issue hadn’t come up before, 그는 말했다.
    I take full responsibility for that,” Vizena told KPLC. “I’ve been the president of this board for several years now. I take full responsibility for not reading the by-laws.
    Board members of the cemetery held an emergency meeting on Thursday to remove the clause from the contract, KPLC reported.
    Vizena apologized and said he offered the family one of the plots that he owns so that Darrell Semien could be buried there. But the damage had been done, and they declined.
    Segregated cemeteries have a long history in the US, and remnants from those dark chapters persist to this day.
    에 2016, the city of Waco, 텍사스, ordered the removal of a chain-link fence from a public cemetery that was used to separate the White section from the Black section. A similar fence at a cemetery in Mineola, 텍사스, came down last year.
      The ACLU of Louisiana urged the Oaklin Springs Cemetery Association to remove anyWhites onlyreferences from its bylaws, citing the Supreme Court’s 1948 decision in Shelley v. Kraemer that outlawed racial covenants in housing.
      It is unconscionable and unacceptable that the Semien family—or anyone else—should face such blatant racial discrimination, especially during a time of mourning and grief,” the organization wrote in a letter.

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