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Manatee County families want historic Adams and Rogers Cemetery cleaned

Posted at 5:28 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 17:56:06-04

BRADENTON, Fla. — Manatee County families are upset with the condition of the historic Adams and Rogers cemetery.

The grass is overgrown, some headstones are on the wrong grave and some of the grave shells are falling apart.

"It makes me feel terrible," said Shannon Cooper.

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Cooper's mother, Geneva Cooper, was buried in 2006. She said they had to bury her there because her mother didn't have life insurance and the cemetery is what the family could afford.

Cooper said now, she regrets that decision.

"I apologize to her for placing her out here," she said. "She would be disgusted."

Cooper said she and other members of the community have gone out and cleaned the cemetery before, but now she wants Manatee County to step in and clean it.

"That's all I'm asking for. Help us out a little," she said.

The county said it already does that. The cemetery doesn't have an owner so the county has non-violent offenders go out to cut the grass and clean up when they can.

The county has also replaced some of the damaged or broken tombstones.

Officials say they do that when someone contacts them to let them know about it.