Volunteers Band Together to Restore East Mountain Cemetery

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA) — For several weeks, volunteers have joined together at East Mountain Cemetery in Fayetteville to clean up the final resting places of buried friends and families of Northwest Arkansas and beyond.

Sharon Killian with the Northwest Arkansas African American Heritage Association is behind the project and said there is a tremendous amount of damage left behind from years of severe weather.

While the task may seem simple, cleaning up brush, marking trees for excavation and repairing fencing, each of these individual projects will pave the way for a greater purpose for the historic cemetery.

“Our vision is to create a learning park where we can have a combination of education and fun in this space with walking paths and so on,” Killian said.

This is the fourth week of the summer the organization has committed their time to restoring the 1.8 acre graveyard.
 

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