An Owensboro firm has been hired by the City of Lexington to chart the graves in the old Seventh Street Cemetery.
Mayor Foster Pettit announced Tuesday that Richardson & Hale, funeral directors, will prepare a chart showing the location of each grave. Every site will be numbered and the person buried there will be identified if possible.
The company will be paid $1 per grave to map the 2,000-3,000 plots.
The city recently closed the cemetery, saying it would study the possibility of relocating the graves and converting the land into park use.
However, Mayor Pettit said Tuesday that the city will now try to maintain the land as a cemetery. The employment of the Owensboro firm is for "identification and on-site preservation of the graves," he added.
The project should be complete within 60 days. City summer employes are currently clearing weeds and debris from the site.