The Union Rice Cemetery in Union, KY has witnessed a lot of changes since it was first built in 1860 and it’s about to see a few new residence, just not the way you’d think. The Union Rice Cemetery will be receiving more interments from another local cemetery site to make way for new local development, including a new 900-student middle school and a 600-student elementary school. The remaining graves of the Wilson Family will be relocated to Ballyshannon neighborhood. This relocation is just one of many recent moves because of the new developments that have been cropping up in the area of late.
One of the points of the article that brought up was that the town hired local historian Bridget Striker, a “local history coordinator with the Boone County Public Library and vice-chair of the Boone County Historical Preservation Review Board,” is working to help with the relocation. Striker constructed a reverse-geneology of the Wilson family because, before the town can relocate the family, they have to confirm with the family’s descendants to make sure that the city is allowed to in fact relocate the family. Striker treated the area as “an archaeological site,” which gives the relocation both a historical and personal respect that these families deserve.
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