Vocativ Pays a Visit to Eric Garner’s Gravesite

ShutterstockGarnerProtesterMike Spies came over to Vocativ from the editorial board of The New Yorker. Today, he shares a rich and powerful point of view on Eric Garner by way of a visit to the victim’s gravesite at Rosedale Cemetery in Linden, New Jersey, across the river from Manhattan.

Spies was there Thursday:

A kind woman with a tattoo on her chest directed me to an area of the cemetery behind a large mausoleum called Elmlawn. Garner’s plot was labeled 8B-1.

I walked to Elmlawn but couldn’t find the plot. The ground was soggy from several days of rain and snow. A small man in a maintenance cart pulled up beside me and asked if I needed help. I said I was looking for 8B-1.

“The Staten Island man?” he asked.

Keep reading to find out what transpired from there. At one point, a cemetery maintenance man tells the visiting reporter: ““I haven’t seen anyone visit since the [July] funeral.”

When FishbowlNY checked out the website for Rosedale and Rosehill Cemeteries, we discovered that it is possible to order flowers online for a specific gravesite. In other words, for anyone interested, if you look up Garner’s grave here and order flowers, we have confirmed that they will be delivered by cemetery staff to his resting place. RIP.

[Photo of December 7, 2014 Union Square protester: a katz/Shutterstock.com]