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Commissioner wants attention to cemeteries to continue

THOMAS CO., GA (WALB) -

The city of Thomasville is changing how cemeteries in the city are maintained.  One commissioner wants to make sure that won't mean less attention to certain cemeteries.

Cemeteries are sacred places and some in Thomasville hold a lot of history. Commissioner Merrill Baker says he wants to make sure they are properly maintained.

"Myself and Mr. Gross, what we were trying to get them to say is not only Laurel Hill Cemetery but also Magnolia Cemetery and Peaceful Rest Cemetery," said commissioner Merrill Baker. 

Magnolia and Peaceful Rest are minority cemeteries.

"Magnolia is a historical cemetery, it's the old black cemetery," said Baker.

Inmates from Autry State Prison in Mitchell County have handled cemetery maintenance for the city. Last week, the decision was made to switch to work details from Thomas County Prison.

Commissioner Baker says in the meeting, he never implied that minority cemeteries were not receiving equal attention or that they were not maintained well. He simply wanted to make sure with the new detail, the same practices would continue.

"They kept saying Laurel Hill and other cemeteries, Magnolia and Peaceful Rest are well kept up, we don't have no complaints about it," said Baker.

Community leader Keith Thomas, the son of late Thomasville civil rights activist Curtis Thomas, says he appreciates the city's effort to make sure the resting place of his father is well-cared for.

"They gave a lot of themselves to this community, in the civil rights era, it's great to know that their final resting place is kept well," said Thomas.

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