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Greenwood Cemetery volunteers asking for private donations

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A historical landmark in Jackson is in desperate need of money. The Greenwood Cemetery was established in 1823. Now, cuts in city and state money are forcing the cemetery association to ask for private help.

"This is such a historic area. It's a real shame that this historic place in Jackson has such a dilapidated fence," said Cecile Wardlaw.

Deteriorating conditions at the Greenwood Cemetery are forcing the Greenwood Cemetery Association to ask for donations.  Association Executive Director, Cecile Wardlaw, said the City of Jackson is responsible for the up-keep, but they are falling behind and she believes it's due to recent budget cuts.

"We have serious concerns with the cuts to the parks and recreation budget," added Wardlaw. "The cemetery crew has not been able to keep up this summer. It's been the worst I've seen in the last ten years."

Besides the overgrown grass, the association said they want the rusted chain length fence to be torn down and replaced with a wrought iron fence, comparable to the one that surrounds the other side of the cemetery.

"We do get visitors from all around the world," said Wardlaw. "Eudora Welty is buried here and people come to visit her grave. I just think we need to put on a prettier face."

The association is asking for donations in an effort to keep fighting for the cemetery that is on the National Registry of Historical Landmarks preserved.

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