Vandals struck the historic Woodmere Cemetery in Detroit again, dumping ashes, smashing urns and spray-painting the grounds, police told Motor City Muckraker on Thursday evening.
The cemetery in southwest Detroit, which is the resting place of mayors, judges, authors, and Civil War soldiers, was broken into sometime between Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Urns were destroyed, their ashes dumped. Graffiti marred the 147-year-old grounds.
Detroit police were scouring the 240-acre cemetery for evidence Thursday.
In December 2012, thieves gutted century-old mausoleums and stole memorials, stained-glass windows and bronze and copper doors.
About a year before that, vandals toppled 110 heads stones, smashed statues and beheaded ornate angels.
Woodmere is one of the oldest cemeteries in the city, opening in 1867 in a wooded section of what is now Fort and Woodmere. It’s home to many notable graves, including those of Michigan Gov. John J. Bagley, Buick Motor Company founder David D. Buick, Detroit News founder James E. Scripps, Vernor’s Ginger Ale inventor James Vernor, Carhartt Inc. founder Hamilton Carhartt and lumber baron David Whitney. It also is the resting place of Civil War soldiers who were moved to the cemetery after Fort Wayne was razed.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.