Tombstones at predominantly African-American cemetery in Friendsville, Tennessee, vandalized, used for target practice

Community members are rallying around a historic cemetery in Blount County, after it was learned vandals were desecrating tombstones and using them for target practice.

Shirley Carr Clowney, Executive Director of the African Americans of Appalachia and Blount County, was among a group of volunteers inspecting damage Wednesday morning at the mostly African-American cemetery in Friendsville.

“For people not to have more respect for people who are buried here, it’s very depressing,” she said after seeing a tombstone pock-marked by apparent shotgun blasts.
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