- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Police in Little Rock are investigating after gravestones and statues were damaged or destroyed at Mount Holly Cemetery.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports officers were called to the 173-year-old cemetery Wednesday morning and found several grave markers and statues knocked over or broken.

According to police, cemetery caretaker Steve Adams estimated the vandalism caused more than $290,000 in damage.

Among the items damaged were life-sized marble statues of 6-year-old Pearl Basham, who died in 1886, and her 5-year-old sister Martha, who died the following year. The statue of Pearl Basham was previously stolen in July 2002, but found the next day.

Mount Holly Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.

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Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, https://www.arkansasonline.com


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