|Walter C. Black, Sr., for the Harrell Family|
After he poured the cement to form the headstones, he told my mother not to move them until they were hard. Although my grandfather couldn't afford to purchase headstones for his deceased loved ones, he made them. When I started conducting genealogy research on the Harrell side of my family, I had to visit several cemeteries in Amite, Louisiana and St. Helena Parish, Louisiana.
|Palmer Harrell headstone made by Walter C. Black, Sr.|
|Manilla McCoy Harrell headstone|
Why Are Cemeteries Abandoned?
1. Abandoned because the family has moved
away or "died off."
2. No budget to maintain the cemetery.
3. Un-concerned family members.
4. Ownership can't be determined by county
or parish assessor.
Please help maintain your family cemetery. You can volunteer to cut the grass, white wash graves, replace falling headstones, and pickup any debris that is on the ground.