City attorney speaks out over cemetery fence coming down in Camilla
Coleman said that a lawsuit had not been filed, but if one was brought to the table, they would lose.
“We kind of thought that it was not a defensible position either to the public or to the court," he said.
Coleman continued by adding that they thought they would lose the case because of an old law that stipulated that whites and blacks were to be buried separated at the cemetery.
“In the 50’s and into the 60’s until the Jim Crow era in the South, I think it’s fair to say that most cemeteries that were public were segregated," he said. "
He states that now, people want to be buried with their family members, making it appear that the cemetery might be separated.
However despite that not being the law anymore, there are still other issues being faced that would make a lawsuit difficult including the costs of being on one side of the fence versus the other.
One example was one side of the fence having paid plots while the other had free plots. Plots will now be $250 for singles and double plots for $500.
Coleman is writing a new resolution for the details on the operation of the cemetery. This resolution will have to go before the Camilla City Council.
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