Police release photos showing driver damaging Tuscaloosa cemetery

Police release photos showing driver damaging Tuscaloosa cemetery
The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a leaving the scene of an accident that happened at Greenwood Cemetery. (Source: Tuscaloosa PD)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Tuscaloosa police have released photos that show the driver of a truck leaving the scene of an accident that happened at Greenwood Cemetery sometime between October 31st and November 1st.

The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a leaving the scene of an accident that happened at Greenwood Cemetery.
The Tuscaloosa Police Department is investigating a leaving the scene of an accident that happened at Greenwood Cemetery. (Source: Tuscaloosa PD)

Someone knocked over parts of two fences as they drove through the cemetery.

The driver plowed over tombstones and drove over the final resting place of some of Tuscaloosa’s earliest citizens.

Damage seen Monday in Greenwood Cemetery
Damage seen Monday in Greenwood Cemetery (Source: WBRC)

Police say the truck is believed to be a 2013-2018 Dodge Ram Pickup. It has heavy front-end damage.

“We actually had several members laid to rest there,” Mary Kemp explained to WBRC.

She is a member and part time secretary at First African Baptist Church across the street from Greenwood Cemetery.

A historic marker said the cemetery dates back to the 1820s, adding black, white and native Americans are buried here.

Kemp called this an important place to her church and the surrounding community.

She can’t comprehend seeing the cemetery littered with car parts and broken headstones.

“The cemetery is one of our sacred and one of our oldest cemeteries in the community. And it’s just impossible, the word that comes to mind,” Kemp said.

Anyone with any information on the identity of the truck driver is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 205-752-7867.

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