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Union Benevolent Cemetery on Vine Street Set for Rededication

Mayor Carter Hendricks encourages the public to celebrate the official rededication for Union Benevolent Cemetery #5. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 10 at the cemetery on Vine Street north of the former Attucks High School near Dupuy Street.   
Mayor Hendricks noted, “We are proud to welcome the community to this historically significant event.  We are especially grateful for the leadership and countless hours of service provided by Christian County Jail crews, Museums of Historic Hopkinsville-Christian County, and the Hopkinsville Public Works Department.”  Hendricks added, “While much has been done, more work remains, and we invite members of the public to continue to be a part of supporting this local treasure.”   
The cemetery rededication ceremony marks an important milestone in work that has spanned over two years to physically reclaim and acquire legal title to the property.  Union Benevolent Cemetery #5, a 5.295 acre property, serves as the final resting place for hundreds of individuals including former slaves, a number of Civil War veterans as well as Aaron McNeil, Hopkinsville’s first African American Episcopal priest.
For more information on the ceremony, please call (270) 890-0200.