Volunteers organize cemetery cleanup

Published: Jun. 15, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2013 at 11:02 PM EDT
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Dana Montgomery
Dana Montgomery
Mona Hite
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - An abandoned cemetery in west Louisville is finally getting some much needed attention.

In late May, WAVE 3 News reported on the horrible conditions at Greenwood Cemetery, located off 41st Street in the Chickasaw neighborhood. The cemetery had been taken over by waist high grass and become a dumping ground since it was abandoned back in the 1980s.

Some of those with relatives buried there couldn't even find their loved ones headstones. After seeing our story several WAVE 3 viewers felt like they had to do something.

"This is the least we can do," said Dana Montgomery, one of the volunteers who came out Saturday to clean it up. "These are peoples loved ones."

Montgomery's grandfather is among those buried at Greenwood Cemetery.

"We got to beautify it. We want to do that for our people that are in here," said Mona Hite, another of the volunteers. "You got to think at one point in time this was the only black cemetery. We got soldiers, we got all kind of people down here."

Several local organizations, including the West End Cemetery Association, and concerned citizens came together and connected on facebook to help organize the cleanup.

Hite said while a lot of work was done to make Greenwood Cemetery look better the cleanup effort is not a one day event.

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