Early this evening I received a call from one of my sources to tell me a crypt in the Sarah Jane Memorial Park Cemetery had been vandalized.
A few hours later they sent me 2 pictures of this despicable act. The crypt was completely desecrated. The working theory at the moment is that the vandal believed there may have been something of value buried in the grave.
Apparently this is not the first time this grave has been broken into.
At one time the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery was the only place in Miami that Black folks could be buried. The cemetery has also been the victim of the false rumour that Michael Jackson shot the graveyard scenes for Thriller here. However, John Landis said those scenes were shot on a Hollywood back lot.
This is one of my favourite places in Coconut Grove. I visit this beautiful cemetery almost every time I’m in West Grove and have made thousands of pictures there. In fact, it was just yesterday I posted my latest photo album of the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery on facebook. Those pictures were taken on June 17th.
I will follow up with Miami Police tomorrow, but for now my heart is broken.
Here are just a few of the pictures I’ve take of the Charlotte Jane Memorial Park Cemetery over the years.