- Associated Press - Saturday, June 23, 2018

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) - Dozens of volunteers are helping clear debris from one of the oldest African American cemeteries on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

WLOX-TV reports Gabriel Cemetery dates back to the 1800s. Saturday’s project is one of several recent upgrades made, including a new fence and ground level markers making it easier to locate graves.

Gabriel Cemetery Association Chairman Alberta Moore says they’re hoping their efforts will beatify the Pascagoula gravesite and provide more space for expansion.

Members of the National Guard also helped out by cutting down small trees and clearing brush.

Volunteers will return Sunday. Anyone who’d like to help is encouraged to arrive about 9 a.m. with gloves, protective glasses and yard tools.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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