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'The Rising' cleans up historic cemetery

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - What started out as a clean-up project to help one of the most historic cemetaries in the city quickly became a giant clean-up party Tuesday.

The clean-up is part of four day conference in Memphis called 'The Rising.'  It involves busloads of students from around the country, and was designed to assist the Zion Cemetery Project's efforts to restore the final resting place for thousands of prominent Memphians.

"The very first African-American female physician is buried here," organizer Rickey Jenkins said. "Lynching victims are buried here."

Daniel Matheny, a Russian student studying in Texas, said cleaning-up the cemetary was a way for students to demonstrate their faith.
 
"We are here to serve - serve the community and glorify Christ," Matheny said.

And after the students finish at here, they will move on to clean up projects in Orange Mound and the uptown area...

Memphis' Fellowship Bible Church and several other congregations are hosting The Rising conference. 

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