Mount Vernon Patch
By Jessie Biele
June 18, 2012

One hundred burials could be exhumed from the Woodlawn Baptist Church cemetery if current come to fruition.

There are 177 graves in the church’s cemetery, some dating back to the 19th century. For four years, the church has been battling the Federal Highway Administration to preserve the cemetery — and its land.

Pastor Travis Hilton says the church received its first proposition for Route 1 widening from the Federal Highway Administration during the fall of 2008. Church leaders started dealing with the possibility of road widening and how it would affect the cemetery. Hilton said the church did not sign the proposal.

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