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Historic Waxahachie Raises Funds to Repair Vandalized Cemetery

WAXAHACHIE, TX (CBSDFW.COM) – As Waxahachie Police continue to search for those responsible for the vandalism of hundreds of headstones in its municipal cemetery, a major fundraising campaign is underway for repairs.

It is the central location of the city and for a month the view is not pleasant.

“Historic Waxahachie immediately said that we would like to do something because it aligns with our mission to preserve history and heritage for the future,” said Historic Waxahachie, Inc. Vice President Candace Ahlfinger.

This week, the organization launched a fundraiser matching donations up to $10,000.

“Now with our donation of $10,000 and community donations of over $16,000. $26,000 will not be enough to meet the need,” Ahlfinger said.

An estimated 276 headstones were vandalized and repairs are expected to cost between $65,000 and $100,000.

“The restoration process…we absolutely want to make sure it’s done right,” said Amy Borders of the Town of Waxahachie.

“It will be a long and tedious process. We have recruited experts who know what they are doing.”

This weekend is the last opportunity to donate to the fundraiser.

“It’s so important that people keep donating,” Ahlfinger said. “The historical value is priceless.”

“If what we’ve raised so far is any indication, I think it’s doable,” Borders said.

Anyone interested in donating can do so on the Historic Waxahatchie website.


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