I stumbled across this interesting piece about graveyard discrimination that existed in my hometown for decades. In 1962, Akron,Ohio resident, Anna E. Wasler passed away and her family simply wanted to lay her to rest with the dignity that her 83-years on god’s green earth had afforded her. Little did her family know that the place they chose, Rose Hill Burial Park, would refuse to sell them a plot because Mrs. Wasler was Black, Colored, or whatever other derogatory definition devoid of the label human…that was popular back then.
“Segregation is not something encountered merely in the South, although there we find it in its most glaring and conspicuous form.As long as we have discrimination in housing-where the Negro cannot buy or rent a house wherever he has money capable of placing him-we will always have segregation.”~Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Hall The University of Akron 1962
As Beacon Journal staff writer Mark J. Price, who wrote the story in the link above, poignantly points out-Obviously that applied to cemeteries as well.
Read this interesting piece of local history that unfortunately reflects the universal, rabid, mental-illness known as racism. The utter gall of those, on the left, or the right.. to be so full of hate, even in a persons final hour-is beyond comprehension. Thank god, the family of Mrs. Wasler inadvertently helped change civil rights for Ohio’s citizens of color forever, by procuring and properly protecting the cherished memories of her glorious life.
- Racism: What is there gain? Racism: America loses! (goodolewoody.wordpress.com)