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Church groups help restore neglected cemetery

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Teenagers from Okolona and from Louisville's West End spent part of their day restoring dignity to a place of final rest.

They're the latest to help restore the long-neglected and overgrown Greenwood Cemetery.

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The cemetery, dating to the days of segregation, was reserved for African-Americans and is the burial place for many veterans.

Neal Robertson, an organizer of the cleanup, said his frustration with the state of the cemetery is personal because his great-grandmother is buried there. "They didn't ask for this," he said. "They wanted to be able to rest in peace."

On Saturday, the volunteers – including groups from Okolona Christian Church and New Breed, a congregation that meets at Shawnee High – helped clear away brush and restore headstones.

Robertson said that keeping the cemetery in good condition will be ongoing project. "There's always going to be so much more to do."

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