Group wants to preserve historic cemetery in Madison County
RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ) – There are more than 1,600 tombstones at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Madison County.
“If you’re African-American in Madison County and born here, you probably have relatives here,” said Judy Greene-Baker, the President of the Friends of Maple Grove Cemetery.
She’s concerned about the condition of the cemetery. She’s enlisted the help of faith leaders such as Reverend Virgil Gardner to join the Friends of Maple Grove, a group dedicated to preserving the cemetery.
“There’s been two people that have been taking care of the cemetery since 2013, and they need help because there is a lot of work to be done here,” said Garner.
Greene-Baker says the organization will need to raise about $17,000 to accomplish all the projects they want done, such as repairing damaged tombstones, paving the road in the cemetery and putting signage outside of the cemetery. A task Greene-Baker thinks is worth every ounce of effort.
“To me, it’s just not a place where bodies are buried, it’s history, it’s our ancestry. There’s a whole lifetime between the beginning and the end,” said Greene-Baker.