City of Jackson struggles to maintain historic cemetery

JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – The City of Jackson is struggling to maintain a historic downtown cemetery.or nearly 2 centuries,

For nearly two centuries, Greenwood Cemetery has been the final resting place for some of Mississippi’s well-known figures.

Seven governors and 14 Jackson mayors are buried in the 22 acres.

Though the City of Jackson has a crew responsible for keeping it in top shape, they also maintain five other cemeteries in the city. According to Greenwood Cemetery Association’s Executive Director Cecile Wardlaw, the crew is spread too thin for the cemetery to stay in perfect condition.

Ward 3 City Councilman Kenneth Stokes suggested in Tuesday’s council meeting that the state step in to help, because it’s home to many state figures.

Wardlaw says the city has been out to mow the grass twice this spring. She says the crew used to come out more often.he association holds volunteer work days.

The association holds volunteer work days. Anyone interested in participating can sign-up by emailing

Wardlaw says a few families take care of their own plots, but many are no longer living or in the area.

Just this year, the Greenwood Cemetery Association raised $50,000 to replace a section of the fence around the cemetery.

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