Thank goodness First Lady Michelle Obama did not have to suffer the nightmare of having her father's grave disturbed, even though it was NOT located at the nightmarish Burr Oak cemetery -- despite an erroneous/quickly retracted report from the White House.
However, there is something, shall we say, troubling.
• • To wit: Sneed is told there is no headstone for the first lady's father, Fraser Robinson III, at the nearby Lincoln Cemetery in Alsip, where he is buried.
• • Translation: Only a number (254/255) encased in a circle -- marks his grave in section EE, Lot 254, space 53.
• • The big question: Is it missing? Was this a father's request? Or a family's decision?
We are awaiting a reply from the White House.
• • Meanwhile: Jennifer Brandino, a spokesman for Dignity Memorial Providers, which owns Lincoln Cemetery, tells Sneed: "I'm confident that our management at that cemetery is aware of [Mr. Robinson's] burial. Sometimes families choose for a grave not to have a headstone. But our company's policy would not allow me to comment on any one person's specific burial situation."
Friday, July 17, 2009
The Case Of The Missing Headstone
Damn, this is really harsh. First, Michelle Obama tells her press secretary to release a statement saying her father, Fraser Robinson, III, was buried in Burr Oak Cemetery, the nightmarish scene where cemetery workers have been digging up the dead for years to sell off new burial plots and to pocket the money for themselves. The White House quickly withdrew the statement after Cook County records revealed he was actually buried in Chicago's Lincoln Cemetery. Today, the Sun-Times reveals that Robinson's grave site is marked only by this numbered marker. Yikes, a bit embarrassing, don't you think? Columnist Michael Sneed is awaiting word from the White House on whether this was a family decision not to mark his burial site. Here's her generous take on this latest item: