Faith and works, not to mention intervention from the state Attorney General’s Office, is making a difference on some sanctified ground in Baton Rouge.
The Together Baton Rouge coalition of churches and other congregations, as well as some civic groups, has taken on some large issues in the community, but it’s also trying to make a difference in smaller and more targeted ways.
Together Baton Rouge promoted Saturday’s cleanup of Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery on Greenwell Springs Road.
While volunteers can get their hands dirty cleaning up the neglected cemetery, the group also is working to find a new manager to keep up the cemetery in the long term.
“Conditions at Gilbert have been unacceptable for too long,” said Together Baton Rouge leader Annette Wilford, whose parents are buried at the cemetery. “The Attorney General’s Office has filed suit to turn the cemetery over to a receiver. Now the community must do our part to bring beauty and honor to the resting place of our loved ones.”
We applaud the volunteers working on the project.
The effort demonstrates the value of committed community organizations to pitch in where needed.