Jul 18, 2008

Unattended tangle of bramble

Sometimes, surveying the neatly trimmed and evenly edged grass at Forest Hills Memorial Gardens, people see the grave stones on the other side of the fence, and are curious.

Almost lost in an unattended tangle of bramble bushes, overgrown grass and weeds, the headstones on the other side of the fence look as if they have been forgotten.

"People ask all the time," said Tina Horne, at Forest Hill, a cemetery on Conley Road, in Forest Park. "It's a private cemetery and we don't know anything about it."

Although to Horne, the question is old, and she has an official answer, there's still something sad and unanswered about the cemetery. She paused, after giving the rehearsed answer, and added her own comment. "It's very small," she said. "I don't know why people don't take care of it."

The little lot, shrouded in shade and studded with stones dating from 1905 to 1985, is actually, according to county tax records, three separate cemeteries.

The first one, near the corner of Conley Road and Jonesboro Road, is called Macedonia, and it's only about 200 feet square, with a county water tower looming over its back corner. The second one is called Lodge Cemetery, and is the widest, running along Conley Road for 321 feet. The third one, just a sliver of land, is called Rock Springs.

Tax records refer to all three cemeteries as "(colored)."

Read the full story @ the Clayton News Daily:
Overgrown graveyard raises questions