SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) – Evergreen Cemetery in the Liberty City community is getting its first-ever maintenance attention from the City of Savannah.
That work started on Monday. The city is intervening for the first time in the situation where decades of overgrowth has cut off accessibility to hundreds of graves.
It’s a privately owned cemetery, but the owner is reportedly incapacitated. Court action years ago prevented that owner from selling new plots, but people with family burial sites there still utilize the graveyard, which first opened in the 1930s to serve the African-American community in Savannah.
For people like Cynthia Cooper, the work is a welcomed sight because evergreen is home to her family plot.
“I think it’s well-deserved for our loved ones out here,” she told News 3, adding, “It’s just something that needed to be done and I’m glad the city is taking the time and the effort and spending the funds to get it cleaned up.”
Milton says the work will cost more than $90,000, but taxpayers will not be left holding the bag.
“It becomes a code compliance assessment fee and so that is essentially a lien against the property,” said Milton, adding it could take around 70 days to complete the Evergreen Cemetery clean up.