1 year later: Mike Brown’s grave has no headstone

 Mike Brown gravesite (Image Source: Twitter @ @NorthSTLCounty)
Mike Brown gravesite (Image Source: Twitter @ @NorthSTLCounty)

The murder of unarmed teen Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO by a white police officer spawned the Black Lives Matter movement. But what is now being reported has many people wondering why the dead teen is in an unmarked grave. Despite thousands of dollars raised by the Michael O.D. Brown “We Love Our Sons & Daughters” Foundation, there is no permanent headstone.

Brown is buried at St. Peter’s Cemetery in burial plot, Section 10, Block F, Lot 12, Grave 4, but all that can be seen is a concrete slab spray painted, “MB.” According to the foundation head Lyah LeFlore,”Everybody has to do things kind of at their own pace… (his mother)  Just wants something beautiful, poetic and wonderful in her son’s memory. It has just taken time.”  In addition, there is the concern that Brown’s gravesite may become the subject of vandalism because of prior incidents that have taken place. Last Christmas, an unidentified driver ran over a shrine that was setup on the street where Brown was killed. In addition, a tree planted at a Ferguson park in Brown’s memory was defaced and the dedication plaque stolen.

Leflore goes on to state, “You don’t want to think someone’s going to trash your child’s gravesite. That’s a real fear. There are more supporters of the cause of making a change than there are those hate-mongerers. You just cannot stop what is inevitable.” There is no word yet if Brown will get a headstone before the 2015 year ends.

Mo Barnes
Mo Barnes

Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician. He has been writing for Rolling Out since 2014. Whether it means walking through a bloody police shooting to help a family find justice or showing the multifaceted talent of the Black Diaspora I write the news.

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