Berkley, MO (KSDK)- A group of about one hundred volunteers spent the day on Saturday cleaning up the Washington Park Cemetery in North St. Louis County.
The cemetery was covered in overgrown weeds and garbage and has been in general disrepair for several years now.
More than 40 thousand people are buried at the cemetery that was founded in the 1920's.
The owner, Kevin Bailey, purchased the cemetery for $2 in 2009 because his father is buried there.
He says he wanted to fix it up for years but, the money wasn't there.
Berkley City officials have cited and fined him thousands of dollars for the condition.
Recently, an open grave was found at the cemetery with the body of a seven year old boy exposed.
Calvin Whitaker with the Missouri Funeral Directors Association made it his mission to promote a mass cleanup.
"The first thing we decide to do was move the child. The next thing we decided to do was try to get people involved. We handed out fliers, we put it on e-mails, we put it on Facebook," said Whitaker. And with less than a weeks notice, news spread quickly.
More than 100 people showed up using rakes, chainsaws, and lawnmowers to clean up the cemetery.
"They leave my heart proud," said Bailey.
A service for the seven year old boy found exposed will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 24 at the Washington Park Cemetery.
Volunteers are always needed. If you would like to donate to the cemetery visit: washingtonparkcemetery.com.