With over 100,000 documented disturbed burials, the owners and operators of Louisville, Kentucky’s Eastern Cemetery reused the same graves over and over, taking advantage of low-income families.
25 years after the cemetery was left abandoned, the Friends of Eastern Cemetery was formed to take care of the graves, so that those buried there would at least have some dignity.
This movie tells their story.
The overburying at Eastern Cemetery began all the way back in 1885. To give an idea of how bad of an issue this was, the cemetery was nearly thirty acres in size. The funeral industry recommends a thousand bodies by buried by acre, but thanks to the mass pauper graves in Eastern, some feel believed that at least 138,000 are buried there. That’s nearly 100,000 more bodies than should be, if you don’t feel like doing the math.
This is director Tommy Baker’s first documentary and he’s picked a fascinating topic. Perhaps not the escape you’re seeking in these dark times, but worth a watch.
Facing East is available on demand from Uncork’d Entertainment.
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