Volunteers restore Ala. cemetery devoted to coon dogs

Volunteers are renovating the Key Underwood Coon Dog Memorial Graveyard in Tuscumbia, which will mark its 75th anniversary next year.

The TimesDaily of Florence reports that Friends of the Coon Dog Cemetery plans to renovate an old stone stage near the cemetery's pavilion, which is used for musical shows and other events.

The group's president, Janice Williams, said they also will be clearing some land to make room for more plots.

Members of the group say they will try to restore some of the grave markers that are made from different kinds of rock, wood and sheet metal. In each case, they say, they will try to use a similar material.

Group members also plan to add markers to some graves that are unmarked.

The cemetery was founded in 1937 when Underwood buried his beloved coon dog, Troop.

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