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Resolution of Support for Old Macomb Cemetery

Jan 20, 2012

The McDonough County Historical Society now has some backing for its plans to clean up a cemetery that has been neglected for years.

Macomb aldermen approved a resolution of support for the rehab of the Old Macomb Cemetery on Wigwam Hollow Rd. The property is owned by the city.

The Historical Society is working to receive a grant from the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. The city's support could help with that endeavor.

Fifth Ward Alderman Dave Dorsett said the city might be willing to do more if the grant comes through.

“I know there's been talk about fencing,” Dorsett said. Parking at the site is also an issue the city could help address.

Gil Belles of the Historical Society said the cemetery is in pretty sad shape right now.

“We've got forebearers from our community in that cemetery and it's a shame to have it neglected and in the shape it's in,” Belles said.

The Historical Society is conducting a local fundraising campaign in order to match the national grant should it come through.

The cemetery was established in 1830.