Cemetery changes contract after Black deputy denied burial

Black sheriff’s deputy and father-of-seven, 55, who died from cancer is DENIED a burial plot cemetery because of his race

  • Darrell Semien, 55, died on Sunday after a brief battle with cancer
  • He had seven kids, one grandchild and had worked with the police for 15 年份
  • His widow Karla wanted to bury him at Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin
  • But when she tried to buy a plot, a white female employee enforced a 60-year-old by-law in the sales contract
  • It referred to ‘the right of burial of the remains of white human beings
  • The female employee enforced itto the horror of Semien’s family
  • The cemetery has since changed the rules and apologized for them
  • The female employee, 谁没有被命名, has been fired
  • It’s unclear how many other black families she turned down, or if other cemeteries in Louisiana are still enforcing similar rules
  • A Louisiana cemetery has apologized and changed its rules after denying burial to a sheriff’s deputy because he was black.

    Allen Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Semien, 55, died on Sunday in Oberlin, 路易斯安那州, after a brief battle with cancer.

    He was a beloved father and husband whose friends called him ‘Soul’.

    When his widow Karla contacted Oaklin Springs Cemetery to arrange is burial, she was told they could not accommodate the family because a by-law in the cemetery’s sales contract prohibits African Americans from being buried there.

    ‘The agreement was made in the 1950s and said: ‘The right of burial of the remains of white human beings.

    It’s unclear who exactly at the cemetery enforced it but she has been fired.

    The cemetery has now apologized to the family and changed its rules. They offered the family a plot but they turned them down.

    Allen Parish Sheriff's Deputy Darrell Semien, 55, died on Sunday in Oberlin, 路易斯安那州, after a brief battle with cancer

    Semien with his widow, Karla, 在他们的婚礼上

    Allen Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Darrell Semien, 55, died on Sunday in Oberlin, 路易斯安那州, after a brief battle with cancer. 他被显示, 对, with his widow, Karla, 在他们的婚礼上

    Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin, 路易斯安那州, told the Semien family they could not buy a plot because of their race

    Oaklin Springs Cemetery in Oberlin, 路易斯安那州, told the Semien family they could not buy a plot because of their race

    Karla Semien posted on Facebook after the incident, saying she ‘can’t believethat in ‘2021’, this was happening.

    Semien worked in law enforcement for 15 years after working for 20 years as a crane operator.

    His obituary reads in part: ‘He worked very hard to provide for his family as a crane operator for twenty years.

    ‘For the past fifteen years, he became a police officer for the Reeves Police Department, 也, the Allen Parish Sheriff’s Office and there he truly found his calling.

    A funeral service is planned for him on January 30 at the church which he has belonged to for the last 20 年份.

    He had seven children and one grandchild.

    Karla told local network KLFY how the woman at the cemetery coldly turned them away.

    ‘First me and one of my other sons got out of the car when she drove up, and he’s white, and she said she was sorry for our loss, and I told her, “谢谢。”

    Karla shared the incident on Facebook. She said she was stunned to receive the treatment in 2021

    Karla shared the incident on Facebook. She said she was stunned to receive the treatment in 2021

    Semien with his daughter, Shayla. He had seven children and one grandchild

    Semien with his daughter, Shayla. He had seven children and one grandchild

    ‘And before I could say anything else, the rest of them started coming out of the car, and she looked at them, and then she looked at me and says, “We’re going to have to have a discrepancy.

    '她说, “We’re not going to be able to sell you a plot.

    ‘To be told this is like we were nothing. He was nothing?

    ‘He put his life on the line for them,’ 她说.

    ‘My dad wasn’t any man, he was a phenomenal man.

    ‘He was a police officer in this same community for 15 年份. He was denied a place to lay because of the color of his skin,’ 他的女儿, Shayla, 添加.

    H. Creig Vizena, the board president for Oaklin Springs Cemetery, found out about what happened and called a meeting to change the rules.

    He is now urging other cemeteries to check their by-laws and contracts to make sure they do not have similar clauses.

    It’s unclear if the employee enforced the rule on any other black families.

    ‘I apologized and I’m still apologizing. … I am so sorry that this happened. 这太糟糕了,’ Vivena said.