Jackson's Greenwood Cemetery was the victim of vandalism over the weekend.
The Greenwood Cemetery Association is a group of Jacksonians who help with the upkeep of the cemetary. Assocation member, Cecile Wardlaw, was driving through Monday afternoon when she noticed that something was wrong.
As Wardlaw took a closer look, she realized that over 30 of the gravesites were damaged.
"I was completely flabbergasted when I got out and started looking around. From this one spot I could see five large monuments that had been toppled since I was here last week," said Cecile Wardlaw.
Many of the vases and monuments were broken and overturned.The damage is scattered through a large section of the cemetary.
"Somebody spent a lot of time here to do the damage that's been done," said Wardlaw.
Jackson Police walked through to evaluate the damage but said there's not much they can do other than increasing patrols.
There are gates to the cemetary but association members say that even when they are locked, people try to jump over them. Still, the widespread vandalism is rare.
"Occassionally there would be one grave toppled or one thing that it looked like somebody was trying to steal," Wardlaw said.
The Greenwood Cemetery Association is now offering a $500.00 reward to anyone who has information that could lead to the arrest of those responsible for the vandalism.
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