Saturday, November 2, 2013

ECCC Students Assist with Carthage Cemetery Project

East Central Community College drafting and design technology instructor Chris Ryals (third from left)
and several of his students recently traveled to Carthage to map the old cemetery mentioned in the original town layout in 1876. The survey will be used to assist Carthage Main Street and the Carthage Historical Commission in rehabilitating the cemetery, where several markers were vandalized and broken through the years. Ryals said surveys were completed and information gathered pertaining to 156 graves. He and his students plan a return trip to the cemetery to complete the community service project. The final map will show all the data about the graves with a detailed list of all grave data. Assisting Ryals were (from left) Ashley Devine of Carthage, Elizabeth Hunt of Louisville and Ryan McClendon of Forest. “We hope our efforts will provide a chain of evidence of the persons buried in the cemetery for genealogical purposes and a plan for rehabilitation by the city,” said Ryals. (Submitted Photo)