Support Local Journalism. Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Respect for the Dead: It's Illegal in Cleveland

Posted By on Fri, Jun 29, 2007 at 3:11 PM

When we last checked in with Cleveland Memorial Gardens, the city cemetery resembled more muddy marsh than tranquil home for eternity [“Burial At Sea,” November 8, 2006]. Tombstones were completely submerged in water. The grass was unwilling to grow. At the time, Maureen Harper, spokeswoman for Mayor Frank Jackson, said the city hoped to fix the grounds by mid-November. But it appears they never got around to it. On Memorial Day, Mike Jackson headed out to the cemetery to decorate relatives’ graves with flags and flowers. But thanks to drainage problems, he was unable to fix flags anywhere near his family plots, which were heavily caked in mud. He immediately called the city to complain. “I was just fed up,” Jackson says. “The headstones were sinking.” David Mitchell, the city’s cemetery manager, told Jackson there was little the city could do to correct the problem, since effort, imagination, and respect for the dead are all against city statute. “He told us that my loved ones were in one of the best sections in the whole cemetery,” Jackson says. “I couldn’t believe it. He’s nothing but a salesman for the city.” While Mitchell and Jackson talked, three families came to bury their loved ones in distant plots. “I asked him he’d told those families about the land’s problems,” Jackson says. “He didn’t say a thing. It’s just so wrong.” – Denise Grollmus

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected].

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club


Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.


Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.


Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 5, 2022

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Calendar

© 2022 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.


Website powered by Foundation