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Cemetery preservation class on Saturday

By BRANDON TOWNSEND - btownsend@newsexaminer.com

The Fayette County Cemetery Commission will host a cemetery preservation class from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday at Robinson Chapel Cemetery, 3800 N County Rd. 450 E.

"With the growing number of people interested in researching their genealogy, a lot of people want to visit cemeteries and see their ancestors," said Aimee Brumfield Fayette County Cemetery Commission president, "and we're teaching safe ways to clean, preserve, and look at the monuments."

Brumfield will be the instructor for the class. It will focus on the six basics of cemetery preservation: biological growth cleaning, tablet setting, slotted bases, multi-piece monument basics, repairing and infill basics.

"If our cemeteries aren't cared for, stones get broken. They fall on the ground and can easily get lost," said Brumfield. "I think it's important to preserve these cemeteries for future generations."

A $20 registration fee will be required from all participants. Early registration can be completed through the commission's Cemetery Preservation Workshop page on Eventbrite.com or at Robinson Chapel Cemetery at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.

The registration fee will cover the tools and cleaning supplies used during the workshop and lunch from Mancino's Pizzas and Grinders.

"This is important because it brings awareness to the right practices," said Brumfield, "A lot of people just use household cleaning products and don't realize they're doing irreversible damage."

For more information about the cemetery preservation class, visit the Fayette County Cemetery Commission Facebook page or contact Brumfield, 765-309-7460.