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State lawmaker asking Governor's office to look into abandoned cemetery

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This closed sign has been in the window of the cemetery office for weeks. Source: WBRC video This closed sign has been in the window of the cemetery office for weeks. Source: WBRC video
This past weekend, volunteers and Rep. Juandalynn Givan went out to clean up the cemetery. Source: WBRC video This past weekend, volunteers and Rep. Juandalynn Givan went out to clean up the cemetery. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens is the final resting place for Gary Singleton's loved ones.

"My mother has been out here for four years. My father about four years. I've got a grandmother, my nieces," Singleton explained.

Sunday's visit to Carver Memorial wasn't to bring flowers for his late family members.

"We're very frustrated because we have loved ones here and the grounds have not been taken care of," Singleton said.

That's because in early September, the cemetery's owners suddenly closed up shop. It's left dozens of families like Singleton upset about the abandoned site.

"Very disappointing. I have seen grown men sit out here crying, concerned about their loved ones," Singleton said.

Alabama Representative Juandalynn Givan got involved after she says she received dozens of calls from affected families. They're concerned about the uncertain future of the site.

"What's going to happen to all of the monies that we paid? Many of these graves start at $2,700 and up," Givan said.

Representative Givan say she's digging for answers.

"I made contact with the governor's office today and they are going to be looking into an investigation into what's going on and what has transpired," added Rep. Givan.  She also says the governor's office is now in contact with the attorney general about Carver Memorial.

Givan says getting the state government involved is a step in the right direction, but, warns it could be a while before these families get the concrete answers they're looking for.

"The owner indicated a notice of some sort, that they were going to file bankruptcy and to my knowledge no bankruptcy has been filed," Givan said.

She's tried reaching out to the attorney for Carver Memorial and is encouraging the community to do the same. In the meantime, volunteers are taking some matters into their own hands.

Singleton's landscaping company offered to mow the lawn on Saturday and Sunday while volunteers cleaned up the grounds. The real goal for Singleton, Rep. Givan, and all the affected families is to find a long-term solution.

"I'm hoping someone can come in and buy the facilities," said Singleton.

Rep. Givan is plans to hold a town hall meeting on Thursday, Oct. 3 at 6 p.m. at Jackson-Olin High School regarding the George Washington Carver Memorial.

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