About two dozen grave markers were vandalized or damaged at historic St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery [Norfolk, Virginia] sometime late Friday or early Saturday, the cemetery’s caretaker said.
At least two markers were broken in the incident, James Fitzpatrick, a member of the cemetery’s board of directors, said. In one case, the head was broken off a statue.
A survey of the cemetery, which has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2001 and is a Virginia historic site, showed at least 25 gravestones knocked over, Fitzpatrick said. A statue of the Virgin Mary near the entrance of the cemetery at 3000 Church Street was toppled. Several headstones at a plot reserved for priests were tipped.
Read the full article by David Putney in the Jan 1 edition of hamptonroads.com