JASPER, MO.--- Walnut Grove Cemetery is about a mile and a half west of the City of Jasper. Next week, Jasper County inmates, residents from Jasper, and members with the Jasper County Cemetery Preservation Committee will begin cleanup efforts there. Records indicate about 40 to 50 people are buried there, but the committee expects they'll find more burials after the cemetery is cleared. Right now, the cemetery is completely overgrown with brush and trees.
"It's going to take us quite a bit of an effort to get this thing cleaned up. Standing where we are, you can't even see any of the stones it's that thick," said Clyde Hood, Jasper County Cemetery Preservation Committee.
"Likely there are some people, some families buried here that really had a lot to do with the development of Jasper and what we have in the city today. So I think it's really a great project for us," said Chief Jeremy Albright, Jasper Police Department.
The first cleanup is scheduled for next Wednesday. Clyde Hood estimates it could take several months to finish.
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