Historic cemetery damaged by storms

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VAN BUREN, Ark, (KNWA/KFTA) — Several graves at Crawford County’s oldest cemetery were damaged by last night’s storms.

Fairview Cemetery dates back to 1816 and is a resting place to hundreds of Confederate soldiers as well as prominent leaders from the River Valley.

Robin Hutson-Montoya, who lives next to the cemetery says it’s sad to see so much damage happen to history.

“It’s history, so yeah it’s pretty devastating,” Huston-Montoya said. “Unfortunately when a lot of the trees were uprooted, they uprooted graves with them. So you know, that’s a sacred thing.”

The cemetery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2005.

Under the cemetery’s guidelines, those gravestones that were damaged should be repaired.

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