I received this email this morning & was stunned that people would block off a cemetery like this! Across the Country we have lost so many of the small family cemeteries. This Cemetery has our McClain, Ledbetter & Hawkins ancestors buried in it.
I would like to call out for help in keeping this Cemetery open & with free access to family & anyone with a sense of history & understanding of the importance of these old cemeteries have for our heritage. Call, write or email the County Judge, County Courthouse, the Prosecuting Attorney for Madison County, AR. Since I have just received this email , I have not found out the addresses, emails or names yet. Is there someone in Madison Co., that could help w/ those?
Email I received: We are having trouble with the land owners near the McClain cemetery.In October some of the land owners got together and built a gate across the road going down to the cem. and locked it.Some of us went to the county judge and they removed the lock.Then they went to a lawyer and got it where you had to go to the county judge or prosecuting attorney to get the key to get in.Now they have erected a new gate farther down and have a lock on it.If you and your family would help us by complaining maybe we can get something done they say no on has family they go to any more down there.I know you guys do.I'd like to get a stop put to this people should have free access to any cemetery and a road to it that is maintained.We finely got them to maintain the road and now this.The land owners can fence and gate their own land on each side of the road but the road should be open.