Volunteers help cleanup gravestones at historic Clarksburg cemetery

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (WDTV) - A cemetery doesn't seem like a place many people would volunteer to be on a sunny day. However, several community members spent their morning in a local cemetery for a good cause.

The Historic Clarksburg Cemetery Preservation Alliance and the Harrison County Historical Society teamed up to host a cleanup at the former Clarksburg IOOF Cemetery on Chestnut Street and Lee Avenue.

Gravestones have to be cleaned with a substance called 'D/2' which was created by the National Park Service to clean national monuments.

D/2 is the only chemical that should be used on gravestones in order to preserve their historic value.

The executive director of the Preservation Alliance, Shaun Jedju says this work helps preserve the history of Clarksburg for future generations.

The group has been working on this site since 2011.