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City of Montgomery apologizes to cemetery group

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -

The City of Montgomery has issued a public apology to a group of volunteers who've worked to rehabilitate a local cemetery. 

Several members of the Lincoln Cemetery Rehabilitation Authority recently resigned because they felt they no longer had the city's support and that their opinions weren't being considered.

Several weeks ago, a 92-year-old woman was buried at the cemetery next to her husband despite a cease-and-desist order.

The rehabilitation group has worked for six years to restore and improve conditions at the abandoned cemetery. They did not support the burial. 

At Lincoln, there are nearly 7,000 people buried in a cemetery designed for about 750.

During Tuesday night's city council meeting, a resolution was passed for an official apology to the group as well as a request that resigned members reconsider their resignations and consent to be reinstated. 

"The work that the authority was approaching is too important to abandon. I would certainly not like to see this administration and this council kick this issue down the road as it has been the case with past administrations," said Montgomery City Councilman Tracy Larkin, who represents District 3. "There are at least 10 other cemeteries in Montgomery that are similarly situated and they need attention as well. This is an issue that we really need to come to grips with."

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