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October 23, 2014, 12:07 am
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New Oak Ridge Cemetery Gate Near Replica of Old Gate

Everyone knows someone buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery, whether it’s Abraham Lincoln or a family member and that’s what makes an unveiling of a new entrance Tuesday even more special.


The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation held a ceremony Tuesday morning to showcase the replica gate on Monument Avenue.


The new gate is a near replica of the original gate at the now blocked off 3rd Street entrance. Even the same company that forged the original gate had a hand in the new gate.


The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation still has plans to restore the 3rd Street entrance gate before a planned Lincoln Funeral Procession Reenactment in 2015.  Restoration of the old gate could cost upwards to $350,000.


Mayor Mike Houston says that will have to be raised privately because Government just doens't have the money to support something that size.

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