Preservation for cemetery reflects respect

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The national resurgence of interest in the Lincoln era, the movie Lincoln, the book Killing Lincoln seems to coincide with the recent activity to renew our own Eminence Cemetery, which is also a Lincoln era creation.

The Kentucky Legislature charted the Eminence Cemetery in 1860. The first burial was in 1864. There are surely many incidents in the long history of the cemetery that are entwined in our state and national history.

One example is Brad Bowman’s article recently about the obelisk in the cemetery for three Confederate soldiers. These three soldiers were shot in retaliation to Confederate guerilla activity.

Be it known too that the property comprises the cemetery was bought from J. H. Wilson, an ancestor of Kent Floyd, an attorney who now lives in New Castle.

Since this new attention to the cemetery has begun, many people have contributed to the effort: property owners in Eminence were responsive, persons who have loved ones buried thier have been generous and past graduating classes of Eminence High School all have helped with the first job of clearing dead and dying trees.

We are now in the replanting stage. Landscaping which will determine the appearance of the cemetery for the next generations must be planned, purchased and planted. Hopefully, this will begin this winter and continue as needed.

The cleaning and repair of monuments and headstones is another job. It is anticipated that interested person will be publicly notified of a series of field days when we will be instructed as to the proper ways to clean and repair monuments.

The Eminence Cemetery is one of our ties to the Lincoln/Civil War era. Our care for it reflects our respect for dignity and peacefulness of those interred there.

Ted Bates