Thursday, June 12, 2008

Whitesell Cemetery in Indianapolis Rededicated

As reported in July 2007, the Wright-Gentry-Whitesell Cemetery, which was on Castleton Drive on the northeast side of Indianapolis, was relocated due to the planned expansion of Interstate 69. Last fall the 33 sets of remains that were buried there were painstakingly exhumed, along with their headstones, and this spring they were reburied in the identical configuration at the Pioneer Cemetery section of Crown Hill Cemetery in Indianapolis. The move cost the state an estimated $400,000.

On June 11, 2008 a rededication ceremony was held at Crown Hill Cemetery, and over 100 people--including several descendants of the pioneers buried in the cemetery--attended. The ceremony included speeches by the commissioner of the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources' preservation officer.

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