A black doll, hanging from a noose : Community : WHYY

This story originally appeared on PlanPhilly.

Police are investigating an apparent hate crime at a South Philadelphia playground where neighbors organized to honor a historic African-American burial ground sitting just beneath the asphalt.

On Thursday afternoon, firefighters arrived at Weccacoe Playground to remove an African-American baby doll hanging from a telephone wire by a miniature noose placed around its neck. Both items were placed into a brown paper bag as evidence.

It’s unclear when the doll was tied to the wire. Around noon, a neighbor alerted city officials after her toddler spotted the faux lynching as they were leaving the playground at Fourth and Catharine Streets.

Detectives and city officials are hopeful a pair of cameras posted inside the…

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