Together BR, Attorney General team up to restore local cemetary

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 7:20pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 11, 2011 - 10:51pm

Edith Brown buried her son at Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery years ago. Since then, she says the cemetery on Greenwell Springs Road has gotten really bad.

"It's embarrassing. It's very embarrassing to ride around there to see that cemetery not being kept up," stated Brown. “The grass has grown; you have debris in there. Actually, you don't even know where some of the people are buried in the cemetery because it's so (poorly) maintained."

People who have loved ones buried here say they don't know where to find the man who owns the property.

The Attorney General's Office is teaming up with local organization Together Baton Rouge to try and kick the current owner out, and get someone else to take care of the property.

Families of those buried there are happy that there's something finally being done to fix the cemetery, but they say this should have been done years ago.

"We used to be proud to bury our loved ones there. Now it's heartbreaking to go there,” stated Claudia Hawkins, who has a relative in the cemetery. “To put flowers on our families’ graves… we have to clean up the graves before we even put flowers on the graves. It's heartbreaking."

One councilwoman hopes this heartbreak will soon be a thing of the past.

"(The cemetery) will be returned to a place of dignity, a place of honor and a place of respect in our community," said Councilwoman Donna Collins-Lewis.

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