Savannah tombstone of historic black figure vandalized

Aug. 2 – Someone vandalized a historic tombstone at Savannah Cemetery, defacing it in black spray paint with the words, “White Lives Matter.”

The monument that was struck belongs to Queen Haley, the grandmother of Alex Haley, the famous author of “Roots: The Saga of an American Family,” which was later made into a popular mini-series of the same name. 

The discovery of the crime comes on the heels of the slaying of a Memphis police officer in Memphis yesterday and amid keen public interest in a move by Savannah Mayor Bob Shutt to bring a controversial statue of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest here as a tourist attraction.


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