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Ian McColgin
07-28-2013, 10:06 AM
From Courthouse News: http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/07/26/59720.htm

Friday, July 26, 2013Last Update: 11:00 AM PT

Scandal in a Tennessee Cemetery
By KEVIN KOENINGER

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (CN) - A Tennessee cemetery fired two gravediggers for refusing to disinter black corpses so the cemetery could sell the plots and fill them with white bodies, the men claim in court.

Edward and Kenneth Taylor sued the Baker's Forge Cemetery, Coolidge Baptist Church, Cedar Hill Baptist Church, Demory Baptist Church, and eight trustees and operators of the cemetery, in Campbell County Chancery Court.

The Taylors claim they were instructed to disinter bodies - which is a felony in Tennessee - but refused, and were fired for it.

"For example, plaintiffs were directed to desecrate and disinter the grave of Jennie Irwin Baker, Grave no. 240-145, in order to bury Alvis Buck Cantrell next to his wife, who had previously been buried in Grave No. 240-144 on top of Geo. W. Baker, according to the permanent records of the cemetery," the complaint states.


"In addition, the permanent records of the cemetery contain two pages designated as the 'colored section (Negro).'

"[Defendant] Bob Housley would refer to the corpses buried in the 'colored section (Negro)' as 'niggers.'

"Bob Housley joked that all plaintiffs would find when he disinterred those graves was 'black dirt.'" (Parentheses, but not brackets, in complaint.)

The Taylors claim that Housley's plan to dig up the bodies in the "Negro" section of the cemetery was part of "an unlawful scheme and plan to resell to white persons the gravesites designated in the permanent records of the cemetery as the 'colored section (Negro).'"

"Plaintiffs had been directed and refused to sell these occupied gravesites," the Taylors say in the complaint.

They say that "on or about July 27, 2012, plaintiffs were terminated purportedly for 'insubordination' for refusing to engage in or perform these illegal activities."

They seek compensatory damages of $250,000 for wrongful termination.

They are represented by David Wigler of Knoxville.

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Gerarddm
07-28-2013, 10:19 AM
They should have dug up the bodies, buried the cemetery management, then reburied the corpses on top of them.

Bah.

Glen Longino
07-28-2013, 11:18 AM
Somebody get a rope!

Domesticated_Mr. Know It All
07-28-2013, 12:14 PM
http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_byiWk8LIYPU/S6QvF11bnWI/AAAAAAAAAHc/XAdFF8AW0b0/s320/despicable.jpg

Glen Longino
07-28-2013, 12:23 PM
You're entirely too sensitive, Kevin!:)

CWSmith
07-28-2013, 02:26 PM
It sounds less like racism and more like opportunism. Much the same can probably be said for the efforts in recent years to disenfranchise certain minority voters. It has less to do with keeping a group "in their place" and more about maintaining power or gaining wealth at the expense of whoever is vulnerable. Throw their miserable selves in jail.