Deteriorated graves expose remains in historic cemetery

Questions linger about the status of an Orange cemetery with damaged graves, some of which are exposing human remains.

It's the Historic African-American Hollywood Community Cemetery in Orange on Simmons drive. Many of the graves were damaged and caskets uprooted after Hurricane Ike in 2008. The Hollywood Community Cemetery Association cleaned that up, but the cemetery appears to be falling apart again.

Many of the concrete graves are broken or have collapsed. The remains of a World War II Veteran can be seen in one of them.

Craig Fuller says he first noticed the remains weeks ago and a heavy heart made him return.

Vietnam Veteran Wilbert Duhon became emotional after seeing the remains.  Duhon doesn't believe a hurricane did the damage and it is unclear what or who did it. 
 
12News tried calling the man who was once the president of the Hollywood Community Cemetery Association.  He has not yet returned our calls. 

The exposed grave belongs to Army Private Cornelius Curtis. If any of Curtis' family is still alive and would like help repairing the grave, Duhon says he can help through the Veteran of Foreign Wars Orange Post 2775.  He can be reached at 409-886-9738.


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