Dozens of cemeteries in the Metro East left abandoned

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CENTREVILLE, IL (KPLR) - They are supposed to be clean, well-kept and maintained. However, dozens of cemeteries in the metro east, including historic ones have been abandoned. Weeds, brush and grass have taken over the sacred burial grounds. With more than 12,000 graves, Booker T. Washington Cemetery in Centreville, Illinois is one of the oldest and largest in the country. Veterans, children, dignitaries and former slaves are buried there, but like others it is left in ruins. When the owners and caretakers died, no one stepped up to run it. There have been efforts over the years to clean up the graveyard, but now friends and loved ones of relatives buried there are trying to pull together a committee to clean up the cemetery and sustain it long-term.