Burr Oak Cemetery
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Burr Oak Cemetery
4400 West 127th Street
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Monday, February 20, 2017
R). Clark provided the name of the funeral home that handled Crutchfield’s service, and with that information, Krock tracked down Crutchfield’s final resting place. Later that year, Krock traveled to Burr Oak Cemetery in Alsip, Ill., to pay his respects. There, Krock found that Crutchfield and his wife, Julia, had been buried in unmarked graves, a disappointing ending to the story. It was then that the Negro Leagues Baseball Grave Marker Project was born.In 2009, The FBI and the Cook County Sheriff’s Department uncovered a grave-selling scheme at Burr Oak Cemetery. Carolyn Towns, its former director, had ordered cemetery workers to remove remains from grave sites and resell those plots. Some of the remains were dumped in an uncovered lot. Some bodies were found double-stacked in existing graves. Towns was convicted of keeping the cash payments of grieving families totaling $100,000 from the scheme. Law enforcement officials said that at least 200 graves had been desecrated. The paperwork for the graves was apparently destroyed, making it difficult to know if there were more. The scandal rocked the African-American community, and many whose loved ones were interred there were left wondering if their remains had been disturbed.Burr Oak carries special significance in the black community; it is the final resting place of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old black boy who was killed by two white men in Mississippi in 1955. At least 25 Negro Leagues players are buried in Burr Oak. To the best of his knowledge, Krock says, no players’ remains were disturbed in the scandal. He plans to visit Burr Oak again this summer in search of the status of six more graves. Despite the controversy, the cemetery remains special for him.Bringing closure to any of these cases can bring about a special feeling. Take Pete Hill, for example. John Preston “Pete” Hill, a posthumous 2006 National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, was a star outfielder for several black teams, including the Chicago American Giants. He also served as a player-manager for the Detroit Stars, Milwaukee Bears and Baltimore Black Sox. Hill died at a bus stop in Buffalo at age 69. His body was shipped to Chicago and while for years it was believed that he was buried at Burr Oak, not even Hill’s family knew where his body was. Some searched for his gravesite among the other Negro Leagues players buried at Burr Oak and never found it. They worried that his remains had been disturbed in the grave-selling controversy.When Krock decided to check other little-known Chicago area cemeteries in 2010, the mystery was solved: Hill was in an unmarked grave at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, the same Irish Catholic cemetery where Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley was buried in 1976. When Krock located him, Hill’s plaque at Cooperstown was recast with his correct name and birthplace. He had been incorrectly named as Joseph Preston Hill, born in Pittsburgh on Oct. 12, 1880. Research had shown that Pete Hill’s birth name was John and he was born in Culpepper County, Va., on Oct. 12 of 1883 or 1884. The grave marker committee had not only solved the mystery, but brought Hill’s family closure.Since 2004, the committee has been involved in the purchase and placement of 32 grave markers. Through donations, it fulfills its mission to “provide proper grave markers to players of the Negro Leagues to honor their contributions to history and the game of baseball.” The project has placed headstones on the graves of Connie Morgan, John Donaldson, Candy Jim Taylor, Theodore “High Pockets” Trent, Guy...
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