How to keep a cemetery alive by keeping it simple
By Bob VennumA century-old cemetery in southern Indiana is on the verge of closure, as the state’s medical examiner’s office ruled it had a “substantial risk” of infection.
The cemetery at 479 S.W. 4th St. is owned by the Illinois State Historical Society.
It is one of the oldest burial grounds in the country, dating back to 1874.
A plaque on the entrance to the cemetery reads: “Established in honor of Thomas H. White, born 1853 in Chicago, Illinois, the home of Thomas, the first Chief of the Chicago National Guard.”
State and federal officials have said the cemetery’s “possible exposure” to the respiratory disease coronavirus is a concern, and the Indiana Medical Examiner’s Office has recommended that the burial site be sealed off.
The burial ground is also a designated cemetery for the State of Indiana.
The State of Illinois is not listed on the cemetery website.
Indiana’s medical examiners office said it would be “unreasonable” for the burial ground to be closed due to the health concerns, and said that the cemetery has been inspected twice, with no incidents or problems.
A spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health and Environment told Fox News the state has no plans to close the cemetery.
In a statement to Fox News, the Illinois General Assembly and Governor Mike Pence’s office said that state employees and contractors who work in the cemetery “are not considered employees of the state and are not protected by the state employee protections, including the right to reasonable compensation.”
State lawmakers and lawmakers have previously voted to close several burial grounds, including those owned by local churches.
The Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois.
| Getty ImagesThe cemetery is not the only one in the state that has been closed in recent weeks.
In March, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that all state burial grounds be closed by the end of the year due to an outbreak of coronaviruses.
The Centers for Environmental Protection and the U tok Health Advisory Council issued similar recommendations in May.