N.J. cemetery vandlized again

September 19, 2008 3:47:55 PM PDT
In Cumberland County, there is grave concern tonight about a string of attacks desecrating a historic cemetery. The desecration is evident once more. Gravestones toppled at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Millville.

Dating back to 1866, Mount Pleasant is the final resting place for about 20,000 people, among them the founder of Wheaton glass and the family of James Reeves, the cemetery's superintendant.

"If they could speak from the grave, they would be telling us who did this," Reeves said.

Last November, 72 gravestones were toppled. Last month, a fire was set in a nearby wooded area and 9 stones overturned. This time, 31 were knocked over. Some are massive, weighing over 2 thousand pounds.

Caretaker Bob Nuskey is furious.

"It's getting out of control. I don't understand the logic on this," Nuskey said.

Nuskey says about 2 years ago, lightning struck a tree in the cemetery and when the top fell, it missed all of the gravestones around it; unfortunately what Mother Nature missed, the vandals did not.

Volunteers have helped right the stones in the past, although some are very difficult and require special equipment.

Bob Nuskey is once again looking for volunteers to restore the monuments to their proper foundations.

Anyone interested can call Mount Pleasant Cemetery at 856-825-0695. Meanwhile, $1,000 reward is offered in hopes of catching the vandals.

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