New trees planted at historic cemetery

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) — Students from Broadway High School and volunteers from around Harrisonburg helped to plant more than 17 trees in Newtown Cemetery on Saturday.

The cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The cemetery, which was established in 1869 as one of the first burial grounds for African Americans Harrisonburg, is approaching its 150 year anniversary.

One of the organizers for the event said the cemetery could use beautification.

"This will help a little bit with the erosion problem we're facing here but also add some beautification aspects to this area just to show a little bit more respect for the people buried here and their families, Josie Rao said.

Members from Harrisonburg Public Works were also in attendance to provide gloves and instructions on how to properly plant a tree to volunteers.