Some Lincoln Cemetery Volunteers Resign After They Say City Scheduled "Unlawful" Burial
From Montgomery -- some volunteers at Lincoln Cemetery say they've quit taking care of the property, which for years had gone neglected. They say they're upset that the city will allow a burial to take place later this week because that is against city ordinance.
Those volunteers are part of a group called the Lincoln Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority. Before the group existed, Lincoln Cemetery had weeds that sometimes went past your knees, trash, even open caskets with bones exposed...
But the LCRA says a burial is scheduled this Friday at the cemetery and a city ordinance says burials aren't allowed at neglected cemeteries -- Lincoln cemetery is registered as one of those.
Phyllis Armstrong is a Lincoln Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority board member -- coming here five days a week doing anything you can imagine... from leveling gravel to picking up limbs...
Armstrong says if the city moves forward with the burial, they can expect her resignation.
Volunteers tell me they fear it will fall back to the way it was. We reached out to chairman of the LCRA board Phillip Taunton, he says he's resigned today . A third board member, Darry Johnston, has also resigned.
Those volunteers we spoke with say besides the ordinance, there's also too many people buried at Lincoln Cemetery. It's supposed to fit 750 plots. Volunteers say there are 7-thousand graves there.