Lansing helps pay for markers for unmarked graves

Lansing City Council approved funding for a group's efforts to place markers on unmarked graves during a meeting on Monday, June 10. (Source: WILX)
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LANSING, MI (WILX) -- The money to cover some of the cost to put names on unmarked graves in a Lansing cemetery has been approved by the city.

The graves at Mt. Hope Cemetery belong to young boys who died at the former Boys Training School on Lansing's east side between 1856 and 1933.

Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries raised $19,137 to place markers on those graves.

Lansing City Council approved an extra $2,000 for the group's efforts during a meeting on Monday, June 10.

The group had applied for the funding jointly with the Eastside Neighborhood Organization, said Loretta Stanaway, president of Friends of Lansing’s Historic Cemeteries.

Stanaway said the cost for the 60 engraved markers, their foundations, and installation is $18,000.

The Lansing Parks and Recreation Department will then charge $3,000 for the marker cuts.

Lansing City Council will then make an interdepartmental transfer of funds directly to the Parks and Recreation Department specifically for the marker cuts.

Friends of Lansing's Historic Cemeteries will cover $1,000 of the cost from its fundraising efforts.

Stanaway said the group is looking to hold a dedication ceremony for the new grave markers sometime in August.

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