Murphy Volunteers Help Clean Historic Cemetery
The Cemetery Association of Murphy (CAM) invited the community to spend the day cleaning Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery on May 12. Using power tools, weeding supplies, clippers, saws and more, volunteers arrived bright and early to honor Murphy’s historic cemetery. Trees were trimmed as volunteers gently cleaned graves, cut grass and pulled weeds. After clearing underbrush throughout the grounds, donated paint and brushes were used to paint the cemetery’s picnic tables.
With over 300 graves, the cemetery was established after James Maxwell, Jr. sold three acres of land for $5 in 1886. The cemetery was in use before the deed existed with the earliest marked grave having a date of 1853. Many Civil War and World War I veterans are buried at Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery. The cemetery has been inactive since the last burial in 1966. While CAM has focused on maintaining the grounds for the past five years, additional help is needed to preserve the historical cemetery. To make a 100% tax deductible donation to help support the Cemetery Association of Murphy, visit decaturmaxwellmurphycemetery.org.