Volunteers, from left, Belinda Dorn Turner, state Rep. Anne Parks and Greenwood County Councilman Gonza Bryant pull brush Saturday morning at the edge of Fairview Cemetery.
(CHRIS TRAINOR | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Volunteers, from left, Belinda Dorn Turner, state Rep. Anne Parks and Greenwood County Councilman Gonza Bryant pull brush Saturday morning at the edge of Fairview Cemetery. (CHRIS TRAINOR | INDEX-JOURNAL)
Sometimes you have to work to discover history.
In the case of Greenwood’s Fairview Cemetery, local residents are teaming to literally work at uncovering history.
A large group of volunteers gathered Saturday morning for the initial cleanup of Fairview Cemetery, which is on Holman Street. The cemetery has long been completely overtaken by brush, bushes, trees and overgrowth.
A band of residents is now working to hack through that overgrowth and restore Fairview to its former glory. It is believed 500 or more people are buried in Fairview.


Saturday’s workers included volunteers from the Greenwood County Library, representatives of the Greenwood Historical Society, representatives from the Faith Home, elected officials such as Greenwood County Councilman Gonza Bryant and state Rep. Anne Parks, pastors, members of local churches and many others.
Robin Foster is the chairwoman of the Fairview Cemetery Project. Foster said she initially gained interest in the cemetery when she learned some of her relatives were buried there decades ago.

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