Community comes together to give old cemetery a makeover

Community comes together to give old cemetery a makeover
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POSTED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:18pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 18, 2014 - 2:30pm

Many people pass by the cemetery on Old Hammond Highway and don't even know what it is because it's covered in weeds, but not anymore thanks to a group in our community for giving it a makeover. However, this is not just any cemetery, there's history behind it... family history.

"Going down Old Hammond Highway, you see it, but you really don't know how bad it was until you come up into the cemetery and look. It was really, really bad," said William Bonee, the pastor of Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene, said.

The cemetery on Old Hammond Highway was covered in overgrown weeds and brush just a few weeks ago, but now it has a whole new look, all thanks concerned neighbors and dozens of people in our community, including church members from the Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene.

"This is amazing. I'm so excited to see this being done," Sharon Lane, a church member, said.

"I'm really proud of my congregation because they took this on as a project to do, and I believe it will be a great help to the community and show respect to those who are buried here," Bonee said.

For Anyetta Woods, this is not just a cemetery, it's where her family's laid to rest.

"It's a blessing because it hurt passing by here, and I couldn't even walk and say 'let me go see and let me go sit out there and talk to my dad for a while.' It was just hurtful," Woods said.

Now she can, and not just her dad's buried here.

"I have a twin brother that passed away. He's here. My grandmother, my grandfather, my dad, my uncle, all of my family is here. There's so many families here. Just so many, but it's a blessing, and I'm excited," Woods said.

"People have loved one's buried here, and they'll be able to come to the cemetery and bring flowers. It's just amazing to see all these people here," Lane said.

"Our church cares, and not just our church, but other people in the community care about this, and hopefully it will be an ongoing project for our church and the community," Bonee said.

This just the beginning. Many more clean-up days are in store for this gravesite.

If you'd like to help, you can contact the Baton Rouge First Church of the Nazarene at (225) 926-8358.

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