Civil War monument at Woodland Cemetery destroyed

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CLEVELAND - A historic Civil War monument at Woodland Cemetery was destroyed after a car smashed into it.

Crews arrived at the cemetery around 7:30 a.m. on April 11 and discovered the four-foot-tall memorial for African-American Civil War troops in pieces. They also discovered an abandoned, blue Chevy Camaro that had crashed into a mausoleum, with tracks leading from the memorial. According to a Cleveland Police report, the car was a rental.

"I was shocked. I really, really was because it's been up there for four years now, and it's very sad about the crime," Woodland Cemetery Foundation President Michelle A. Day said. "There's not much we can do about it at this point until we can get it repaired."

Day said it appeared the incident occurred between the afternoon of April 9 and April 11, when the damage was discovered.

She said the granite monument was donated and installed in 2012, and it was valued at about $6,000. It honors the 80 African-American servicemen from the Civil War who are buried at the cemetery.

The Woodland Cemetery Foundation is getting estimates on repairs to the monument. Anyone interested in donating can click here.