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Social Media Lit Up After Louisiana Cemetery Denies A Black Man Burial

A Louisiana cemetery has apologized after denying burial to a local black police officer because of a decades-old “white only” policy.

Darrell Semien, an Allen Parish sheriff’s office deputy, died of cancer on Sunday at the age of 55.

But when his widow Karla Semien asked about his burial at the local Oaklin Springs cemetery, Semien said, she was told he couldn’t be buried there.

“I just went to Oaklin Springs cemetery to pick a plot for my husband to be buried. I met with the lady out there and she said she could not sell me a plot because the cemetery is a whites only cemetery,” Semien wrote in a Facebook post.

“Wow what a slap in the face,” she noted.

“She even had paperwork on a clipboard showing me that only white human beings can be buried there,” added Mrs. Semien in her post.

Meanwhile, the Oaklin Springs Cemetery board met on Thursday to change its sales contract after an outcry over the “white policy” rule.

The board president said they had been unaware of the “horrible” policy.

At the same time, netizens turn to social to voice their disgust on the action of the oversight person.  

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor

Edited by Jesus Chan

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