Ponemah Cemetery clean-up event set for Friday, Saturday

Published 2:15 pm Thursday, March 29, 2018

Bogalusa Rebirth, a local non-profit organization, is looking for volunteers to help revitalize the Sullivan Memorial Circle inside the Ponemah Cemetery.

The clean-up days are Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day.

The location is as follows — before getting to the mausoleum, take the first entrance and drive straight forward to see the large Sullivan monument.

Volunteers will be performing general cleanup in the circle, and Bogalusa Rebirth will teach a lesson on cleaning monuments that are blackened with algae and the group will also replant flowers in the large ornamental urns, and plant evergreens to replace the plants that did not survive the winter cold. Supplies will be made available but volunteers are asked to bring any tools they may have that may assist in those tasks.

One volunteer, Ed Jordan, started early in order to jumpstart the cleaning of the monuments. According to executive director Wendy Williams, Bogalusa Rebirth will plant four three-gallon Adagio Grass (urns), seven Azaleas, seven Loropetalums, and two Sweet Olive Trees.

The clean-up and revitalization event is all about taking part in the Louisiana Cleanest City Campaign 2018, which Director of Parks and Recreation Landon Tims is spearheading. Bogalusa Rebirth has adopted the Sullivan Memorial Circle in Ponemah Cemetery.