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11/1/2007
If a cemetery is in a gated community, what rights do relatives have to visit the graves?

Q. I discovered an abandoned cemetery in Iredell County, NC. I was able to make sure the cemetery will be preserved despite plans to build homes on the site. Since the cemetery is in a gated community, what rights do relatives have to visit the graves?

A. Although North Carolina already had a bill in place governing cemeteries (including abandoned ones), the legislature passed Article 12 in February 2007 to clarify issues regarding abandoned and neglected cemeteries. Three clauses are of special interest to genealogists:

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