Birmingham pastors are being asked to help members deal with closure and bankruptcy of a cemetery.
The George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens closed and filed for bankruptcy because of money troubles. Tuesday, pastors and parishioners attended a meeting at the Birmingham Easonian Bible College.
Many pastors said several members of their congregations have been upset about the cemetery's future.
"It's disturbing to some members because they have people buried there and they don't know the next step. So this meeting is set up so they can get some information," retired pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, Samuel Matt, said.
Other pastors said their members are concerned about the money they have invested in the cemetery.
"Make sure the money you invested in the plot is still available. It's not occupied by somebody else. In a sense two people have purchased the same plot," Rev. Timothy Sanford, Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, said.
The head of the Birmingham Metro Chapter of the NAACP is also monitoring the situation.
"It is a very unfortunate situation. It's an unjust situation that many of these persons are in limbo," Hezekiah Jackson said.
Birmingham Rep. Juandalynn Givan said she wants to enlist the pastors to help pass information along to their members, especially when it comes to signing up those affected by the bankruptcy proceedings.
"There are lot of seniors in this process who don't know what to do with the paperwork and things of that nature," Givan said.
Residents are advised to file a B10 proof of claim form in the bankrupcty case using case #13-04509.
To print a copy of the document, please visit: http://www.uscourts.gov/uscourts/RulesAndPolicies/rules/BK_Forms_Current/B_010.pdf.
Claims should be mailed to the United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District, Robert S. Vance Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 18000 5th Avenue North in Birmingham, AL 35203.
Givan is asking people to attach the Certificate of Ownership with the claims for those people who have one. The proof of claim deadline is on February 3, 2014.
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