Posted By:Bobbi Chase
Subject:Southern Cemeteries
Post Date:July 24, 2009 at 06:07:18
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Forum:Nacogdoches County, TX Genealogy Forum
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For some years now, I have been concerned about the lack of caring for headstones and markers of various types in countless cemeteries, especially in the southern half of our nation. So many of those headstones and markers are the only visible and personal things that remain to show each individual personís last place in history.

Countless headstones and markers were placed before public records came into being in many Southern states, and many, many, Bible records were either lost or destroyed or never owned by numbers of citizens.

Over the years an unknown count of cemeteries have been taken over by new owners who are only interested in profit. Too, there are also countless old free cemeteries where prison inmates are used to mow the cemeteries. Thus, the inmates are careless and there is no punishment for ramming those mowers into headstones. If the headstones give way then they are usually carted to a place at the back of a cemetery and dumped on top of other broken headstones.

Thus, there is no maintenance for those free cemeteries except to allow in mowing machines where there isnít enough room for their usage, but the person who allows such usage doesnít care any more than the inmates if there is destruction.

As for the other cemeteries whose owners are in it for the profit, a complaint is useless because no one stands up and demands they be accountable.

Please join me in holding people accountable for the destruction of part of our past. Your input is important to help resolve this issue.