Artist to Raise Money for Cemetery Repairs

POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 6:03pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

An Amite man is hoping his artwork will help breathe new life into the largest African-American burial site in Baton Rouge.
Dwayne Conrad plans to capture the current state of run-down Sweet Olive cemetery on his canvas, then sell his paintings in order to help pay for renovations.
The cemetery has been around since the 1850's and is said to contain about 3,000 tombs. However, hundreds of the graves are covered up by weeds and are in dire need of repair.
"This is such a historic place and to see it in such disrepair that’s unheard of. It was on my mind for the past couple of weeks I knew I had to do something," says Conrad.
The non-profit organization overseeing the cemetery says Conrad's funds would be put toward things like restoring broken tombs and removing hurricane debris off graves.