Amite Artist Hopes To Save Local Cemetery

Thursday, November 12, 2009 - 10:03am

An Amite man hopes to restore the largest African-American burial site in Baton Rouge, all with a few strokes of his paintbrush.

Dwayne Conrad plans to capture the current state of run-down Sweet Olive Cemetery on his canvas. He wants to then see the paintings at an auction.

He'll use all the proceeds for the graveyard's renovations. The cemetery has been around since the 1850's and is said to be the final resting place for 3 thousand people. However, the area is in shambles.

Conrad says he doesn't want to see this important piece of history swallowed up by weeds.