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Maury County Graveyard On Donation Deathbed

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COLUMBIA, Tenn. - A century old graveyard could be at the end of its lifeline. Donations and funds to the Rose Hill Cemetery in Maury County are at an all time low and now caretakers are asking for the community's help to keep this piece of local history alive.

It's a place where civil war soldiers, generals, dignitaries and residents from Maury County have been buried for 158 years.

"Imagine this cemetery with bushes and weeds and lost basically just gone," said Bob Duncan, local Maury County historian.

Many of the graves no longer have visitors; their loved ones are long gone and their names have been forgotten for good. But Maury County historian Bob Duncan said it's up to those here on earth to keep their memories alive.

"It is sort of a covenant between the living and the dead. They were buried here with the expectation that their grave would be tended," said Duncan.

But now after 158 years, Rose Hill itself could be on its deathbed. Its' tombstone might read: devoted land, loving historical cornerstone, died from a unexpected recession.

"The funds are not sufficient to take care of a property this size," said Danny Moser, Rose Hill Board of Trustee Member.

Donations and trusts are drying up, leaving toppled tombstones, worn roads, and the expensive task of mowing around 40 acres of graves.

"It's massive undertaking just to cut the grass," said Moser.

Danny Moser's grandparents and friends are all buried in Rose Hill. He said each day he is reminded why he needs to keep this space intact.

"As you walk through and look at their names you realize they were people that walked through this community," said Moser.

The board of trustees is holding a community meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the Church of Christ in Columbia. The public is encouraged to attend.

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