Four months after being declared a crime scene, Alsip's historic Burr Oak Cemetery will reopen to the public Thursday.
For the first week, however, officials are implementing a limited visitation process. All visitors will be required to have a ticket identifying the location of their loved one in order to be admitted onto a bus which will then take them to the gravesite. The bus will only transport visitors to the specific sections opened that day.
Visitors can obtain a ticket with the a grave location from the BurrOakAlsip.com Web site.
The following sections will be open during the dates and times indicated:
Thursday, Nov. 19, 8am to 4pm:
Acacia Lawn, Burr Oak, Elm Grove, Evergreen, Fair Lawn, Locust Lane, Maple Wood, North Locust Singles, Rose Lawn, South Lawn, West Edge Wood, West Evergreen
Friday, Nov. 20, 8am to 4pm:
6-1, 6-1A, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5, 10-1, 10-2, 10-3, 11-1, 11-2
Saturday, Nov. 21, 8am to 3:30 pm:
6-14, 6-15, 6-16, 6-16A, 6-17, 13, 14, 14-A, 15, 16
Sunday, Nov. 22, 8am to 3:30pm:
6-20, 6-21, 6-22, 6-23, 6-23A
Monday, Nov. 23, 8am to 4pm:
6-6, 6-7, 6-8, 6-9, 6-10, 6-11, 6-11A, 6-13, 12-1, 12-A,
Tuesday, Nov. 24, 8am to 4pm – All sections not listed above
Wednesday, Nov. 25, 8am to 4pm – All sections not listed above
Beginning Friday, Nov. 27, the cemetery will reopen to the public with drive-in and walk-in traffic permitted.
The cemetery has been closed since revelations earlier this summer that hundreds of graves were dug up so the burial plots could be resold.
Four former cemetery employees have been charged. All have pleaded not guilty.
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