Film students learn about documentary making, history at Woodlawn Cemetery

FAIRMONT, W. Va. Film students came to the historic Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont on Tuesday morning to learn about both filming a documentary and the history of the cemetery.

Woodlawn is the final resting place of many historic figures in the state of West Virginia, including the state founder, Francis Harrison Pierpont.

Board member, Nancy Bickerstaff says it’s important for students to learn about this historically significant place because “if you don't know history, you don't know where you've been, so you kind of don't know where you're going, and in the Fairmont area we have so much history, and it's not taught in the school.”

The 42-acre cemetery was established in 1875, and is the final resting place for about 11,000 people from all walks of life.