• Jacksonville couple springs into action to help keep rundown cemetery clean

    By: Lorena Inclan , Action News Jax


    A Jacksonville couple sprang into action after finding a local cemetery in disrepair on Moncrief Road and Edgewood Avenue.

    It’s supposed to be a place where people can go visit their loved ones, put a flower down, and have a moment in peace.

    MORE: Historically black cemeteries in St. Augustine in disrepairFamilies concerned over St. Johns County abandoned historical cemetery

    Instead, Memorial Cemetery has become an eyesore. Neighbors Calvin Conner and his fiancée, Clarissa Dotson, weren’t willing to stand by and watch it deteriorate further.

    “A lot say, 'Gone but not forgotten', but it seems to be forgotten to me,” said Conner.

    Conner said they’ve been going to Memorial Cemetery for the past week to pick up trash. They even bring their 6-month-old son along.

    “We come back daily, and there’s just more and more trash, so we figured we’d get a hold of y’all and get some attention to this, get some volunteers,” said Conner.

    The city has set aside $389,400 to restore this cemetery, but the actual work won’t happen until later this year.

    Just a few minutes away in Durkeeville, there are headstones behind Emmett Reed Park. Most of the headstones appear to belong to the Fagins family. The headstones are covered in weeds and barely accessible.

    It’s unclear who owns the property. Action News Jax has asked the city, and we’re waiting to hear back.

    For Conner and his family, it’s a matter of showing some respect for the dead.

    “This is where I live. This is my area of town, so I like trying to make it more presentable to people,” said Conner.

    Next Up: