UTPA Students Clean Up An Almost Forgotten Piece of History.

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POSTED: Monday, January 17, 2011 - 4:49pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 9:24am

For UTPA's first annual Martin Luther King Jr. Service Day the students clean up Restlaw Cemetary.

Over 40 UTPA students came back early for the Spring Semester to volunteer their time on M.L.K to spruce up an almost forgotten piece of African American history.

Students, faculty and staff all met at the Restlawn Cemetery in Edinburg, bright and early to fix up the broken down place of rest.

Restlawn is an African American cemetery located in a small corner of the far east end of the beautiful Hillcrest Cemetery.

This is UTPA's first ever Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Students say they are excited to rebuild a place that is still marked by segregation.

"Today we have several tasks, we are painting the fences, we are rebuilding the crosses that were damaged by vandalism here in the cemetery, we are cutting down trees, we are taking fences down and stuff like that, we are trying to make the place look nice," said Brayath Cano, UTPA Student Volunteer.

Once the students finish cleaning up the cemetery, they will head back to campus to hear from a representative from the Rio Grande Valley NAACP that will speak about Dr. King's impact on society. 

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