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Historic Cemetery Needs More than $800,000 in Road Work, Board Says

An historic Campbell County cemetery is hoping that the public will help its roads.

The Board of Directors at Evergreen Cemetery in Southgate, founded in 1847 and home to 65,000 burial sites, estimate that $850,000 is needed to repair the roads, some of which need immediate attention because of the extreme disrepair.

Evergreen Cemetery has a long history in the region and is the site of Shaler Battery, an encampment built during the Civil War. It spans 400 acres and has eight miles of roadway.

The directors estimate that each mile of road will cost between $75,000 and $85,000 to repair. That number is too high for the nonprofit cemetery to cover.

Donations from local businesses, churches, community leaders, and private citizens are tax-deductible, the directors said. Each dollar raised will go towards improving the roads.
 
In 2014, the Board of Directors formed the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery volunteer organization to initiate and oversee various projects that will restore and revitalize Evergreen Cemetery. If you are interested in donating your time and talent to the Friends organization, please call Andrea Janovic at (859) 391-7218.  You can also find the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery – Southgate, Ky on Facebook to stay current on news and events relating to the cemetery.
 
The next meeting of the Friends of Evergreen Cemetery will be held on August 27 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ft. Thomas Antiques & Design Center at 90 Alexandria Pike, Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.  Call Andrea Janovic at (859) 391-7218 for further details.
 
-Staff report
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