A project to help clean the overgrown Benevolent Cemetery will continue every remaining Saturday in May. WGNS went to the Cemetery with the Homeless Task Force on Thursday and confirmed that no one is living in the graveyard at this time. You can still see remnants of what were once campgrounds to about 8 homeless persons.
We spoke to volunteer Gypsy Howse. She told us her friend is in charge of the cleaning project...
The cemetery sits alongside the South Church Street Bridge near Middle Tennessee Boulevard. Some of the graves date back well over 120 years. Other gravestones are as new as 1993.
To volunteer, simply show up at the cemetery this Saturday at 8. Volunteers are also meeting at Baldwin Auto Repair at 118 Seals Way off of Park Avenue.
On a side note, homeless persons are living on the opposite side of the railroad tracks, away from the cemetery. They are not affected by the cleaning project.
For more information, contact Erline Baldwin at 615-481-8465.