Vandals hit cemetery where famous Ohioans are buried, desecrate graves for Wright bros., poet

Vandals have damaged dozens of grave sites in a Dayton, Ohio, cemetery, including the gravesites for the Wright brothers and poet Paul Laurence Dunbar.

Police say an American flag and an aviation flag were taken from the Wright brothers site, and its flagpole was broken. A flag honoring Dunbar was taken down and burned.

Workers found 62 sites vandalized Monday morning; damage is estimated at $25,000. The private Woodland Cemetery was founded in 1841 and also includes the graves of Ohio Gov. James Cox and humorist Erma Bombeck.

Stephen Wright, the great-grandnephew of aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright, tells the Dayton Daily News he hopes the culprits are caught.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,