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Sunday, August 3, 2014

Evergreen Cemetery Creates Friends Organization and Appoints Newest Board Member

Press release

SOUTGATE, Kentucky, July 29, 2014 — The Board of Directors of Evergreen Cemetery announces it has appointed it newest member to the Board. Andrea Janovic, a Campbell County attorney who resides in Fort Thomas, has been appointed to fill the vacant seat held by the late James Odgen, who passed away in 2013. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Janovic served almost eight years on the Newport Board of Education, is an adjunct professor at Chatfield College in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is currently a candidate for the position of Campbell County Property Valuation Administrator.

In order to preserve and enhance the unique historical, architectural and horticultural assets at Evergreen Cemetery, the Board of Directors has also formed a “Friends of Evergreen Cemetery” 501(c)(3) organization, and will announce the first annual meeting in the near future. The Friends organization will serve as the charitable and volunteer arm of the Cemetery, and will be able to accept donations and organize volunteers to complete projects within the confines of the Cemetery.

Established in 1847, Evergreen Cemetery is the largest cemetery in Campbell County, and one of the largest cemeteries in Kentucky. It has over 485 acres of land, 150 acres of which remain true woodland, and 250 of which have been used for traditional burials and internments in the two mausoleums on the property. Evergreen Cemetery is the location of the burials sites of prominent Kentuckians, such as Col. James A. Taylor, Brent Spence, George Wiedemann and Richard Southgate, as well as some of President George Washington’s relatives.

The land that is encompassed by the boundaries of Evergreen Cemetery was also used during the Civil War as a gun emplacement, called the Shaler Battery Breastworks. The Union Army used Shaler Battery to defend against encroaching Confederate troops. Currently, Evergreen Cemetery is coordinating limited excavations within Shaler Battery and plans to host an exhibit of artifacts found as the project progresses.

The Friends of Evergreen Cemetery organization is now open for membership. Any community members wishing to volunteer their time and talent to the Cemetery in projects such as gardening and landscaping, archival work and data entry, and development of self-guided tours and fundraising can contact Andrea Janovic at (859) 391-7218 or, or the main Cemetery office at (859) 441-0703.

Evergreen Cemetery is a non-denominational cemetery, and offers a variety of burial options. The gates are open daily at 7:30 a.m., and close at 5:00 p.m.

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