First Lawsuits Filed in Burr Oak Cemetery Tragedy

Cook County lawyers are prepared to file the first lawsuits today against Burr Oak Cemetery near Chicago as the number of tragic accounts of loved ones displaced from their final resting place continues to mount. According to ABC News, the relatives of five deceased people buried at Burr Oak are filing the initial complaint. Earlier this week it was revealed that for four years, Burr Oak employees were exhuming the bodies of people buried at the cemetery and reselling their plots and pocketing the money. Many bodies were dumped into a mass grave on cemetery property. The horrific acts of these individuals have left hundreds of family members in the Chicago area distraught because they are unsure of where their loved ones now lie. Burr Oak Cemetery is historically significant because at one time it was the only cemetery in the Chicago area that allowed African Americans to be buried there. To read more about the lawsuits filed against Burr Oak Cemetery, click on the link.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office has set up a hotline and call-center for people to call if they have a family member buried at Burr Oak. They ask people to call (800) 942-1950, or (708) 865-6070, or send an inquiry to

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