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2/16/2017 Sr. Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarrusso Submits Legislation Recognizing Historic Cemeteries
STATE HOUSE  --  Senior Deputy Minority Leader Anthony Giarrusso has submitted legislation, which if passed, would make Saturday, April 15, 2017 “Historic Cemetery Restoration / Awareness Day” in the state of Rhode Island.
 
“The state of Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission considers our state’s cemeteries to be among Rhode Island’s most unique and most overlooked historic resources, and I couldn’t agree with it more,” said Representative Giarrusso.
 
According to the state cemetery commission, it has found, registered and recorded the gravestones of 3,143 cemeteries around the state.
 
Representative Giarrusso added, “I agree with the state’s cemetery commission, that our state’s historical cemeteries are “open air museums” conveying information not only on the births and deaths of our citizens, but also provides a record of our state’s geographical, religious and cultural past.” 
 
Representative Giarrusso feels that as Rhode Island’s historical sites and the eternal resting places of our ancestors and the original settlers in our state, historic cemeteries deserve our utmost respect, restoration, and maintenance. 
 
“Historic Cemetery Restoration/Awareness Day is a day all Rhode Islanders should plan and participate in appropriate ceremonies and activities that raise awareness for the cultural, architectural, and archaeological importance, and the need to preserve and restore the historic cemeteries in our state.”   

For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903
(401) 222-2259