Vandals damage Nacogdoches' historic Oak Grove Cemetery

(Source: Google Earth)
(Source: Google Earth)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Vandals knocked over several headstones, broke another headstone into several pieces, and damaged a door to a building at Nacogdoches' Oak Grove Cemetery located at 200 N. Lanana Street. The historic cemetery is one of the oldest graveyards in the county.

According to a report, Nacogdoches Police Department officers took a report on the incident Thursday morning. The damage to the cemetery was done sometime between 5 p.m. Jan. 18 and 9 a.m. Jan. 21.

The damage was scattered throughout the cemetery, and the maintenance building with the damaged door is on the east side of the property.

A sign at the front of the cemetery states that the oldest grave at Oak Grove Cemetery dates back to 1837. Numerous well known individuals from Nacogdoches' history are buried there, including Thomas J. Rusk, Charles Stanfield Taylor, Haden Edwards, Adolphus Sternes, and John S. Roberts are buried there.

Brian Bray, Nacogdoches' director of community services said this sort of thing happens at the Oak Grove Cemetery at least once a year.

Anyone with any information that could lead to the arrest 0f the people responsible for the damage should call the Nacogdoches Crime Stoppers hot line at (936) 560-INFO (4636) or visit the Web page at

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