College With a Conscience: Mercer Students Assist with Linwood Cemetery Preservation Project


WHO: Mercer University students and members of “We Care,” “Weed
and Seed” and the Macon Cemetery Preservation Corporation
WHAT: Will cut back the brush that has grown over gravestones in the Linwood Cemetery—a 13-acre cemetery without perpetual care and with only about three acres uncovered by vegetation.
WHEN: Saturday, March 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
WHERE: Linwood Cemetery on Walnut Street in the Pleasant Hill
BACKGROUND:This is one of many community service projects in which Mercer students are involved. Announced this week, Mercer University is one of only two institutions in Georgia— along with Spelman College— featured in the forthcoming book, Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement, which will be available in bookstores on June 21.
Last semester, in addition to helping remove brush from the gravestones, a group of students in the “First Year Seminar Experiential” course wrote biographies in honor of the individuals buried in Linwood Cemetery and bound them in a book that they shared with the Pleasant Hill community.
 Mercer student Jules Toraya, coordinator of students for Environmental Action at Mercer, teamed up with local community activists and is responsible for generating enthusiasm among Mercer students to take part in this project. Approximately 40 Mercer students will be assisting with the project on Saturday.