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Burr Oak Cemetery, Alsip, IL


Historically black cemetery in Cook County, with many notable jazz or blues musicians. It was scandalized in 2009 when it was revealed that owners dug up over 200 graves, dumping or reburying the bodies, in an attempt to resell the gravesites. Burr Oak Cemetery was declared a crime scene and placed in receivership, while a new staff attempted to make sense of haphazardly kept records.

Alsip, IL

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
George Washington Collins
5-Mar-1925 8-Dec-1972 Congressman from Illinois, 1970-72
Malachi Favors
22-Aug-1927 30-Jan-2004 Bass player for Art Ensemble of Chicago
Emmett Till
25-Jul-1941 28-Aug-1955 Black boy, murdered brutally in Mississippi
Dinah Washington
29-Aug-1924 14-Dec-1963 Queen of the Blues

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