Birmingham area pastors continue to work to help those with family buried at George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens.
Friday, those pastors sat down with Governor Robert Bentley to discuss the cemetery that recently closed and filed for bankruptcy.
The meeting with the governor is a big step in the fight to get something done about the sudden closure of the cemetery.
Gov. Bentley says he wants people affected by the cemetery's closing to be aware of what's going on and to know he's concerned.
The private meeting at the state capitol included several Birmingham-area pastors and state representatives Juandalyn Givan and Rod Scott.
The pastors at the meeting have church members affected by the closing and the pastors wanted to share their concerns with the governor.
Gov. Bentley says he understands how families who own burial plots and have loved ones buried there are distraught after the cemetery's closing, not knowing what to do.
This was the first meeting the governor has had to discuss this issue and he says he was there to listen. But right now, he's not sure yet exactly what his office can do, but he's looking into it.
"We know that the department of insurance has some authority over some of the plans that were purchased. We're going to look into that. I left a message for the attorney general. We will be talking to them my staff will talk to them on Monday, we're just going to see what we can do," Bentley said.
Gov. Bentley says one thing that's keeping his office from taking steps is the bankruptcy filing. He says since it's under a federal court situation his office doesn't know exactly what his office can do at this point.
The first bankruptcy hearing for Carver Memorial will be held Friday, November 8 in the federal courthouse at 10 a.m. in Judge Mitchell's courtroom. Everyone affected has been told to be there.
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