(SULLIVAN) – People in Sullivan called this Indiana’s most unusual auction. People did not bid on antiques or collectibles – they bidded on funerals, grave plots and headstones.
Cemetery Superintendent Dick Crooks, of Center Ridge Cemetery, says the cemetery is almost 150 years old and with age comes the need for some tender loving care.
Some of the issues needed attention is the drain underneath the arch is collapsing. The culvert is 133 feet long and it’s right up against the arch. In addition to the culvert needing a $75,000 insert, several main roads within the cemetery need to be repaved. The roadwork alone could cost up to $175,000.
The projects would be costly to the city, so community members took matters into their own hands.
All the proceeds from the auction will go toward needed the needed repairs. Even though the auction is over you can still donate to Center Ridge Cemetery in the form of checks which may be written out to the Center Ridge Cemetery maintenance fund and mailed to 704 West Johnson St, Sullivan, IN 47882.