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Re: Destruction of Vermillion Cemetery
Posted by: Carolyn Everett Buice Date: March 14, 2002 at 06:55:02
In Reply to: Destruction of Vermillion Cemetery by John Adelmann of 1040

What a terrible shame this landowner found it necessary to desecrate the graves of your ancestors. In 1991, Georgia's Governor Zell Miller signed into law a Cemetery Protection Act which protects graves and the rights of descendants. It says that a cemetery is not owned by the landowner but belongs to the descendants of those buried there. The landowner owns ONLY the property surrounding the cemetery. The law also gives descendants the right to be able to access the cemetery.

If a grave or graves or desecrated, the owner and/or developer of the property is fined to the tune of $5,000 per grave! Should the property be sold to a developer, the developer MUST protect the cemetery and forever set aside this area as undeveloped land.

This law is working well in Georgia. Wouldn't it be wonderful if ALL states protected the final resting places of our forefathers?

Again, my condolences of what this mean, mean man has done to the final resting place of your ancestors. This was totally uncalled for.

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