Cemetery Perservation

Dr. Matt Gage, Director of the Office of Archaeological Research at The University of Alabama, explains the recent restorations at the New Cemetery. Photo by Todd Prater. 

When you walk through a cemetery, you are walking through a story book, and each tombstone tells a piece of the puzzle that is our history.

That’s why it’s important to preserve and protect cemeteries. Here in Alabama a nonprofit organization run completely by volunteers is dedicated to just that task – the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance (ACPA).

ACPA President Emeritus Ted Urquhart said ACPA started when many of the current members were researching their family genealogies, and they discovered that many cemeteries were not being cared or were forgotten altogether. To attack this problem, the ACPA was formed in 2002. ACPA President Teresa Mathews explained the mission of the organization is to locate, preserve and restore cemeteries, and while doing so honor the ancestors who are buried there.

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