Who’s Buried in Roland Burris’s Tomb?

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Chicago, Illinois—The most ridiculous thing about Sen. Roland Burris’s tomb at Oak Woods Cemetery on the South Side isn’t the fact that it already exists, even though he still does too. It’s not the inscription, loaded with trail-blazing factoids like “First African-American in Illinois to become SIU exchange student to University of Hamburg, Germany.” It’s not even the scale—it’s big enough to have its own bench inside, convenient for taking a break from the heat or, depending on how you feel about the Senator’s legacy, leaving political offerings.

No, the most ridiculous thing about Roland Burris’s tomb is that it’s right next to this guy.

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