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Volunteers clearing cemetery after months of struggle

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SOUTH MEMPHIS -

(WMC-TV) - A cleanup project, which has taken months to begin, is finally underway Saturday.

Volunteers are pulling weeds, clearing brush, and working to maintain the historic Mt. Carmel Cemetery in South Memphis.

Back in September, environmental court judge, Larry Potter, paid a personal visit to the cemeteries in question before the hearing. He said he had never seen cemeteries in as bad a shape as Mt. Carmel and Hollywood cemeteries in South Memphis.

"Thirty-one years on the bench. I did not have any concept as to the nature of the problem until I went. The problems are massive," said Potter.

The cemetery is the resting place of Tom Lee, the man who saved 32 people from a boating accident on the Mississippi River in 1925.

However, families have struggled to bring it to the public eye after the cemetery's overgrown weeds, bushes, and damaged headstones were discovered.

The clean-up project will wrap up at noon Saturday.

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