It is not about restoring what can’t be restored but to keep in memory of those who lived and died at the first county seat of DeWitt County, Clinton.
In 1985 the DeWitt County Historical Commission took it upon themselves to identify as many of the gravesides at the old Clinton cemetery. Most of the gravesides were identified. However, since then very few headstones exist. Many have disappeared or were destroyed. Iron fences, that surrounded the graveside, some are no longer present. Others have been disassembled, some with gates missing.
Peggy Ledbetter, DCHC representative said, “There are many cemeteries like this but this was a city cemetery [that generated funds to maintain the cemetery].”
Since the city of Clinton no longer exists there are no funds to maintain the old cemetery.
Read more in this week's edition of Yorktown News-View and Cuero Record.