Volunteers Eye Antioch Cemetery For "Atrocious" Conditions, Need Help
From Montgomery -- several members of the Lincoln Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority (LCRA) resigned last month from working on the cemetery's restoration project, after city leaders allowed a burial to take place despite a city ordinance against it. But now, those members have a new project. And they need your help.
The Antioch Cemetery actually faces Interstate 85 near Montgomery's Mitylene exit (exit 11). While it doesn't look so bad from here, it's what's behind these woods that puts this cemetery in worse shape than how they found Lincoln Cemetery.
On this portion of Antioch Cemetery, the grass isn't high; graves aren't uncovered.
But look past the trees, and what you'll find are more than five acres filled with hundreds of graves...
"The conditions are horrible. They're atrocious. As you can see, you've got open graves, graves covered with debris, it doesn't look like anybody's been back here to cut the trees or whathave you," Said Denis Hardin. She's a former volunteer with the LCRA, now taking on the Antioch Cemetery project.
But where does Antioch Cemetery stand compared to Lincoln Cemetery?
"It is 10 times worse. It is so bad and you look at the over-growth and we don't have the equipment we had at Lincoln. We don't have chainsaws, we dont have hacksaws. Lord, I don't know what you would need back here. A bushhog, maybe?" Said Hardin.
"We're excted about it. We've already received e-mails from some of the concerned citizens that are wanting to help us," Said Taunton.
You can help, too. The first clean up at Antioch Cemetery will take place on August 2 at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to bring any equipment they can (chainsaws, rakes, saws, blowers, etc.).
For more information, you can also e-mail Phillip Taunton at firstname.lastname@example.org