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Louisville families upset over overgrown conditions of Greenwood Cemetery

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville families can no longer find loved ones graves at a west end cemetery, due to the property's declining conditions.

Lynnell Blakemore and George Tellis took their 82-year-old mother to visit loved ones at the Greenwood Cemetery in west Louisville over Memorial Day weekend.

"When we went in at first, it looked fine because the grass was mowed and everything. I said, 'OK, we might be able to make some leeway here,' and as soon as we drove back just a little bit further, my mother freaked out," Blakemore said.

When the family saw the conditions of the cemetery, they were shocked.

"Our mother literally almost broke out into tears, and then she calls me the next day like I can't take it, I couldn't sleep. It was horrible, it was horrific for us to just ride through there," Blakemore said.

It looks like you're walking through a field or pasture, but underneath the 5-foot tall grass are hundreds of people laid to rest.

But the high grass isn't the only issue.

"We saw headstones propped up against tree trunks ... we saw headstones fallen into the ground. It's a disrespect, it's a disgrace to our loved ones that have passed," Blakemore said.

Louisville Metro Council Woman Jessica Green says the state should maintain the cemetery in her district, but nothing has been done.

"There is not a pot of money that has been set aside and allocated specifically by the state or the city to maintain this piece of property," Green said.

Without funding and direction, Green says volunteers are trying to maintain the cemetery the best they can.

"I am so sorry, we here in the city of Louisville, we want to do all that we can to try to get the grass cut, to keep it maintained, and we are working hard, we are working feverishly," Green said.

Right now, the front portion of the cemetery is mowed.

But for families like the Tellis' with loved ones buried in the back of the cemetery, it's a different story.

They can no longer find their loved ones graves.

"I was devastated when I came out of there, it was horrible, there's no way for us to find our grandparents down there or our aunt or our uncle," Blakemore said.

Green says if you have any ideas or want to help clean up the cemetery, to call her office at 574-1101.

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