Memorial Ceremony could be the last Opportunity to Ever Visit the Historic 125 Years-Old Hoskins Cemetery on U.S. 421 in Manchester, Kentucky

 Among those buried at this location are seven United States Military Veterans, two of whom are Veterans from the Civil War

HOSKINS CEM 700

The Historical Hoskins Cemetery on Island Creek Hill off U.S. 421 in Clay County, Kentucky

MANCHESTER, KY (May 27, 2022) - Stella B. House, Attorney at Law, PSC that's legally representing "The friends of the historic Hoskins Cemetery" is reporting that: This Memorial Day weekend may be the last opportunity to ever visit the historic 125 years-old Hoskins Cemetery (the “Cemetery”), which is located on Island Creek Hill off U.S. 421 in Clay County, Kentucky, near the Manchester Elementary School (“MES”) and Clay County High School (“CCHS”). 

A brief Memorial Service will be held at the Cemetery at 6:00 P.M on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30, 2022).

If the Clay Circuit Court (the “Court”) grants the Motion to Dismiss the state court action filed by the Clay County Board of Education (the “Board”), then this weekend from today at 4:00 P.M. through this upcoming Memorial Day on Monday at 8:00 P.M. might be the last opportunity to visit the 70+ graves of the infants, Indians, veterans, and others buried in the Cemetery during the past 125 years. The Court will be hearing arguments regarding the Board’s Motion to Dismiss the state court action on Thursday, June 02, 2022.

The Board knew this Cemetery was located on an approximately one-fourth (1/4) acre tract of land near MES and CCHS when it decided to build these schools in that area. As a result of the purchase of several tracts of land in the area, the Board now owns one hundred and forty (140) acres of land, more or less, in that area according to the records in the Property Valuation Administrator’s offices.

Ms. House said: "The Cemetery has co-existed with the MES and the CCHS for many long years now. I venture to say that many students attended school at one or both of these schools without knowing the Cemetery even existed. Yet, now, the Board has decided it is more important to disinter the graves in the Cemetery on this one-fourth (1/4) acre of land and relocate the remains in graves of the decedents buried there than to allow the decedents buried there by their loved ones during the past 125 years to Rest in Peace. Many -if not most- of the decedents buried in the Cemetery were buried there in a wooden casket with no vault. So, the Board will be digging up bones in many instances. It’s going to be grotesque and very traumatic for the family members. There will not be a casket in many of the graves. Rather, there will be decomposed remains."

"I pray this tragic event will not take place on my watch, whether due to the Board’s change of heart, the ruling in the state court action, or divine intervention. If it does take place on my watch, please know that I took every possible action reasonably available to me to prevent it. Your prayers regarding this matter would be appreciated immensely."

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