More than 30 volunteers turned out April 22 and made a big difference in a portion of a long forgotten cemetery in Cecilton.
Using garden tools and chainsaws the volunteers cleared the older side of the cemetery owned by Union Bethel AME Church. The cemetery used to contain broken grave markers and some graves were covered by brush and debris. Some of the graves mark the passing of veterans.
"This is an ongoing project. They found a whole headstone buried underground," said Cecilton town clerk Kim Roland. Finding that grave led to the discovery of three more graves dating back to the 1800s.
Town crews and volunteers will maintain the cemetery.