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Original Oak Ridge Entrance to Be Restored
Preparations are already underway to re-enact President Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession for the 150th anniversary of his death. Even though that's not until 2015, organizers say now is the time to start getting ready.
The Oak Ridge Cemetery Foundation is taking on the project of restoring the original entrance to the grounds. The First Street entrance is where Lincoln's body was carried through to his final resting place.
Organizers said they want the entrance to better reflect its distinguished place in history.
"There is a chain link fence," foundation president Jen Aholt said. "There are steps up and down into it, so we will take those steps away, widen the entrance, create a replica archway of the original archway, and also add some decorative iron fencing. Provide a pathway to the original vault and some reinforced turf and signage."
The estimated cost of the project is $300,000. A tentative schedule for Lincoln's funeral re-enactment in May 2015 is already planned.
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