A historic cemetery in Bourbon was recently vandalized. Hill Cemetery located off Route 66 had 29 headstones knocked over or broken. In one instance, a plot had the bench seat removed and tossed at the headstone, shattering it.
The destruction was discovered on July 8 and is believed to have happened sometime between June 24 and July 7. The property damage occurred from mid-cemetery and continued down the hill, out of sight from the road. Both new and older headstones were targeted. It is believed to have been the work of more than one person.
In a Facebook post made last week, the cemetery wrote, “It’s so sad to see this damage and so difficult to understand why people get satisfaction out of this destruction. Someone will speak up and talk if you hear anything please let the police know or get in touch with us, we will keep your name private.”
Hill Cemetery is offering a reward leading to an arrest and anybody with information is encouraged to contact the Bourbon Police Department. For now, the cemetery is planning to install cameras to prevent any further incidents.
Family members with loved ones buried in the cemetery are encouraged to visit the grounds and inspect the plots for any damage. A police report will be made available for those who will need to report the vandalism to their insurance companies.
Those wishing to make donations to help make repairs can send checks marked “Vandalism Repairs” to: Town & Country Bank, C/O Hill Cemetery, 188 Pine Street, Bourbon, MO 65441 or call (573) 732-4433.