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Friends of Concord Cemetery Facebook Group prepare for upcoming clean up

At 180 years old, Concord Cemetery, the first graveyard in Whitley County, is becoming a concern for some of the residents who live there. They say it's not in the condition it should be. Some of the headstones are damaged and hard to read, but they say they are taking matters into their own hands.

Posted: Jun. 10, 2018 6:49 PM
Updated: Jun. 11, 2018 10:44 AM

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (WFFT)- "The cemetery itself has been neglected," restoration organizer Pamela Wolfe said.

Pamela Wolfe, like many others who've passed by it, wonder why.

"It just needs some tender love and care and that's what we're here to do,"Wolfe said.

Friends of Concord Cemetery Facebook Group has been meeting at Concord Cemetery every month to fix this place up.

She said it wasn't that long ago the grass was overgrown. They're making progress but there is so much to be done.

"It's going to take years. We have so many things we need. As far as the cleaning supplies and stuff like that, we're pretty taken care of.
We're still looking for bags of lyme because we have to have that for the concrete. We're looking for a fence. We've got about a 250 feet of fence we're looking for. I know we're looking for those donations. I need some retaining wall work just to make it all look better," she added.

It has a rich history, but it'd be hard to figure out with all the unkept headstones covered in moss and dirt.

"There's at least 5 soldiers from the Civil War buried here, so when you think about it this cemetery stopped burying people in 1939, it's been a long time," volunteer Janel Rogers said.

If you take a look around, a lot of the headstones are either leaning or completely knocked over. 

"A person might be here, and their stone might be over there, and we hope to reconnect them if we can, and be able to repair the stone and get it back in it's original position,"Rogers added.

They can't do it all by themselves. They want as many volunteers and donations as they can get to restore all 167 graves here.

Their next clean up day is scheduled for June 30th.

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