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Re: Washington Park Cemetery-St.Louis

Hi Mr. Cooper,
Thanks so much for your quick response.
My fathers' name is Robert Harden, date of birth April 1, 1910. He passed away July 26 1975 in the city of ST. Louis. He was buried July 31, 1975. There was no headstone on his grave but he was near the large tree that could be seen from the street. When I was there this past Saturday I could still see a large tree from the street and could only hope it was the same tree. I spoke to a person at one of the funeral homes I had seen posted on the site and she gave some information that really frightened me. She said that in the back those areas are still over grown and that there are wild dogs loose. If I can't afford to have my dads' remains moved to another site and if someone else takes over I would like to have a headstone placed. My mother is still alive but until recently was not interested in keeping up the grave and never gave permission for any of us to look into what could be done. I would appreciate any and all assistance that you can provide in the matter. Unfortunately the decline in the care of predominantly black cemeteries is not an isolated event but I hope that someone will always carry the memories of those who have left us in their hearts. We had a simular incident here in Milwaukee at the Evergreen Cemetery where the owners did not bury the deceased in some cases or they were not in the graves as marked, others were in mass burials. We never know who is where they are supposed to be but we must have something to hold onto. If those of you who are there are able to get someone to care for the sites I will be willing to contribute what I can each month to try and preserve the history of this cemetery and keep my father's grave intact.
Thanks again
Lenora

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