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Black veterans group to restore second Louisville cemetery

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Members of the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Veterans Members of the Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Veterans
Irvin Lyons Jr. Irvin Lyons Jr.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A veterans group, already restoring one centuries-old Louisville cemetery, is making plans to restore another one.

The Kentucky chapter of the National Association of Black Veterans (NABVETS) started a restoration project earlier in the spring at the Petersburg-Newburg Cemetery, which dates to the 1800s. Nearly 100 African-American veterans are laid to rest there.

The organization partnered with Evans Monument Company to restore some of the worn down headstones.

Now, a spokesman for the National Association of Black Veterans says the organization will start a restoration project at Greenwood Cemetery in Louisville's Chickasaw neighborhood. The cemetery has seen its share of problems.

"These soldiers have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and I think they deserve better," said Irvin Lyons Jr. of NABVETS.

The National Association of Black Veterans received a grant from the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs to perform the restoration work.

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