UPDATE: Good Samaritan picks up trash dumped in Hampton cemetery


by Jonathan Costen, 13News Now


Posted on November 8, 2013 at 6:52 AM

Updated Friday, Nov 8 at 12:19 PM

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11:00 a.m. UPDATE: Darrell Lang says someone came out around 10:00 a.m. Friday and had the shingles and garbage picked up.
He also said police found the suspect based on the picture and info provided Wednesday night. No word on charges.

HAMPTON -- Someone dumped trash in an historic cemetery in Hampton.  

Pleasant Shade Cemetery has tombstones dating back to the 1800s and is one of the largest public African-American cemeteries on the Peninsula.

Caretaker Darnell Lang is disgusted that someone dumped a pile of roofing shingles mixed with other building materials and trash earlier this week.

"I was very upset. It doesn't make sense for somebody to try to degrade such a sacred area like this place. This place has too much history. This is where the African-American people stand on the backs and the shoulders of these people here. They have opened up doors," he said.

Someone took a photograph of a vehicle leaving the cemetery Wednesday night and it's now with the police.

Lang hopes whoever dumped the trash will be caught and be made to clean it up and pay a fine.

The cemetery on Shell Road is under private care.

Anyone with information can call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.