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Vaults cracked, tombstones toppled at local cemetery

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Updated: 7/08/2013 8:39 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.-- Nestled off 45th and Moncrief is the final resting place for dozens of people. War veterans, teachers, children-- you name them, they're there. 

If  you look even closer, though, you'll see, there's a big problem at Mount Olive cemetery.

'You got graves turned all kinds of ways," Bruce Jones said.

That's not all. Tombstones are toppled, the grass is overgrown, and some plots aren't labeled at all. We even found one vault that was in danger of cracking and falling over. To the older generation, it's really disturbing.

"It really don't make me feel good that I have my loved ones over in that cemetery," Florence Jones said.

We asked around to see who was in charge of the upkeep, and learned responsibility falls to the city of Jacksonville. After making some calls and emails, this statement was issued to Action News:

"We are in the process of filing paperwork to transfer funds into the mowing contract for this project. We will research whether our responsibility includes anything other than mowing. The department is aware of the need for mowing at this location."

John William says somebody needs to do something, and fast. He claims the cemetery is not only a health hazard, but a breeding ground for crime and no good.

"Clean it up, rake it or whatever."

Mount Olive was one of four final resting places for wealthy blacks in Jacksonville. Those places were owned by the Afro-American Insurance Company, which was founded by A.L. Lewis, Florida's first black millionaire.
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