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"A cemetery may be considered as abandoned when all or practically all of the bodies have been Removed therefrom and no bodies have been buried therein for a great many years, and the cemetery has been so long neglected as entirely to lose its identity as such, and is no longer known, recognized and respected by the public as a cemetery. 1953 OAG 2978."

Friday, October 14, 2016

"No Fix for Green Lawn Cemetery" in Columbus, Ohio -- Growing Problem of Vandalism; and Hope for Repairs is Less at Privately Operated Cemeteries in Ohio

Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio has at least 142,854 interments according to "Find A Grave".

The Green Lawn Cemetery's website states:
"As one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in Ohio, Green Lawn serves as the resting place for well known and influential individuals who made significant contributions to Columbus, the state of Ohio and the entire country."


This news story:
"No Fix for Green Lawn Cemetery" by Shelby Croft of Columbus television station, WBNS Channel 10, is a disheartening one indeed.

".....crews try to right fallen stones but the graves are personal property and the responsibility of owners.
The cemetery doesn't have the money to repair them. in many cases, owners just don't exist anymore.
The cemetery website says its supported through sales of lots, memorials and tax-deductible donations. The management company says it takes care of maintenance of the grounds but not the graves."
In the video several downed monuments are seen around the reporter who is at Green Lawn Cemetery.  She explains how old some of them are by referring to the dates of death carved on the stones.
Please click on the link to read more details about this sad situation, and view the short video -- which I feel is quite touching because of the interview that brought this problem to the television station's attention; especially if you have ancestors buried at Green Lawn Cemetery in Columbus.