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Cemetery clean-up

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The La Grange Historical African-American Cemetery received some much-needed attention this past Saturday from the local congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The cemetery is located two blocks north of Hwy.146 at the junction of Third and Fourth Avenues. The earliest burial documented at the cemetery is from 1849. It is the final resting place for 115 African-Americans who lived here in Oldham County.

The LaGrange Ward contacted the mayor’s office to ask about potential community needs where the congregation could serve. They were asked to help clean up the landmark by clearing fence line, disposing of branches and twigs throughout the property and fixing broken headstones.

Over 40 were able to help in the service project. By all accounts it was a major success for the congregation and the community.

“Serving others is central to our faith,” said Ryan Gremmert, organizer of the service project. “We did that today, and we will continue to find ways to serve this community in the future.”

The Cemetery is an important piece of LaGrange history. It takes all of us working together as citizens to make our community a great place to live.

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