Former cemetery manager speaks about sudden shutdown

The former property manager at George Washington Carver Memorial Gardens in Birmingham says she's as much in the dark about the cemetery's sudden shutdown as everyone else. {}Several weeks ago, families intending to visit their loved ones found the business office closed and locked.

Marshae Taylor ran the office for 14 years. {}She tells ABC 33/40 she was notified of the shutdown during a phone call with the owner, but he gave no reason for his decision and did not provide any instruction for notifying those affected.

That doesn't sit right with Melvin Hall, who visits the cemetery almost weekly, bringing flowers to the graves of numerous relatives buried there. {}Hall calls the lack of notification "upsetting," adding, "I want answers on why they closed."

ABC 33/40 is continuing to follow this story and hopes to learn more during an upcoming interview with the attorney representing the property owner. {}In the meantime, the state attorney general's office reports receiving five complaints about the cemetery, and the state Department of Insurance is still looking in to the situation.