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Brown’s Town Cemetery a disgrace

Published:Saturday | March 14, 2015 | 12:00 AM

On February 7, 2015, I attended the funeral service of my father-in-law and then accompanied his funeral procession to the Brown's Town Cemetery, St Ann, for his interment. What a surprise awaited us!

I suppose I have been away too long and had really not had any occasion to go to that cemetery for about 11 years. The road to the graveside could barely be called a road; it was a mixture of huge potholes and unpaved surfaces.

In fact, a number of family members only narrowly escaped twisting their ankles as we risked limbs and other body parts while wending our way to the site of the newly made vault. It was obvious that the cemetery had not been cleaned for a long time. There was rubbish everywhere; graves were overgrown with the grass and weeds that had taken over; and in general the cemetery was in a very unkempt condition.

Obviously, there was no attempt to maintain the cemetery. It was indeed a sad experience for me as I do recall the days when the Brown's Town Cemetery was a place where you felt the graves of your loved ones would be cared for with the dignity and respect they deserved.

Can the St Ann Parish Council look into what needs to be done to return this cemetery to a place of dignity? Will the council take steps to fix this?


Annette M. Gilzene (EdD)

Los Angeles, California