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A 501(c)(3) non-profit, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery aims to protect and preserve Eastern Cemetery, located on Baxter Avenue in the Highlands.
Friends of Eastern Cemetery is an organized volunteer effort to restore and maintain Eastern Cemetery which is located in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky. The history of Eastern Cemetery is not one without controversy. The property was abandoned in the late 1980’s when proof of widespread grave abuse was discovered. After that, for more than two decades, the property sat untouched . Headstones crumbled as the grounds became overgrown and the pristine environment diminished as people used the grounds for illegal dumping. Friends of Eastern Cemetery was formed to change that.
Our ultimate goal is to create a self-sustainable model for continued upkeep of this historic property. Since there is no active caretaker, we have happily taken over that role. This public effort is carried out with hard work and a great sense of community. That means that grounds are once again kept clean and maintained to the best of our abilities. There is still much to do and we are nowhere close to our desired goal, but we continually inch toward it and appreciate every bit of help we receive.
- Andy Harpole
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