In 2005 we walked into the cemetery which just recently had been bought by new owners after many years of overgrowth and see the typical sunken graves with their toppled stones clothed in foliage.
I recall seeing some piles of stones bulldozed aside at the time, but back then I did not have the confidence to speak up. I feel bad that I have not done more, sooner. I also regret not getting more pictures than what I have. Sadly, this same process has continued all the way into the present and there are no signs that it will stop.
In a day and age when a Facebook petition can end a story telling stroll through a local cemetery, it is sad that this unethical, disgusting, bulldozing treatment of our ancestors final resting places on O'Donnell Street can go by with only a faint cry--with no definitive action and nothing has changed.
Several people have voiced their disdain for the treatment of this once majestic cemetery.
It is remarkable that even a paranormal activity group has begun to speak up online regarding the terrible condition and care of the cemetery. The slideshow is rather long. Minute 5:00 and 5:50 showcase some of the piles of rubble commonly seen.
If this doesn't work, try the link: http://youtu.be/wtzYkCzNauM
The Paranormal Research and Investigation Society who produced this film has some insightful comments one the YouTube page with this video, which includes the following:
"Maryland's Department of Corrections brought prison trustees out to help
clean some of the cemetery. But this place is an utter disgrace. As new
burials are accepted, odler sections are bulldozed haphazardly, and
There are several complaints about the cemetery on the Find A Grave message board.
There is a negative review on Yellow Pages.
There is a negative review on Google.
One of the best sites to reveal the community's feelings is actually a photographer's website.
A flickr search for pictures of this cemetery reveals several hundred results, many of which reveal the poor conditions.
This has been a problem for many years and many people have complained. Again I ask, why does a stroll around a cemetery get shut down while bulldozing our ancestors graves is overlooked?
If you agree please leave comments here, on the sites mentioned, write your own blog posts, go to the cemetery and save your ancestors headstones before they all get bulldozed up... do something!