Family members hope to draw attention to Mt. Carmel Cemetery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Family members hope to draw attention to Mt. Carmel Cemetery

(WMC-TV) - The cemetery where Memphis river hero Tom Lee and other prominent Memphians are buried is in disrepair, and relatives of some of the people buried there are saying enough is enough.

Huegha Terry and several family members spent the Fourth of July weekend visiting Mt. Carmel Cemetery, where several family members are buried.

"This is my father," said Terry.

Terry could point out his father's graves and the graves of eight other relatives, but it has been years since he has been able to find his mother's grave.

"My mother's grave, we don't know where it is," he said.

Terry said that is because some cemetery records were destroyed by fire. He said neglect is also a problem, leading to graves with broken headstones and graves slowly sinking into the ground.

"I've been trying to get some attention here on it," said Terry.

Terry made signs to replace damaged headstones. He said part of the problem is that Mt. Carmel Cemetery has become a dumping ground for everything from old tires to bodies.

"I think recently they also found two bodies up in there, two female bodies," said Terry.

He said the condition at the cemetery is an insult to the people who paid for Mt. Carmel Cemetery to be the final resting place of their loved ones.

"It was good, and the state took over this," said Terry. "When the state took it over, it started going down."

Terry said he has been pleading with state officials to do something about conditions at the cemetery. So far, no one has responded to his plea for help.

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