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California Legislative Black Caucus member Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) provided an update on the circumstances surrounding the closing of Lincoln Memorial Park, a cemetery located in Carson.
Outraged families of loved ones laid to rest at Lincoln Memorial Park have been under a cloud of frustration about the privately-owned cemetery. Gipson stated that the California Department of Consumer Affairs’ Cemetery and Funeral Bureau (CFB) has posted a Frequently Asked Questions FAQ document that updates the public on the status of Lincoln Cemetery.
“It has been just over two months since the cemetery license was canceled. CFB’s FAQ explains what this means in specific terms, from a legal perspective,” Gipson wrote.
The owner of the cemetery, Michael Mintz, abandoned the property and surrendered his cemetery license. The gates to the 20-acre property were briefly locked and it was reopened despite disrepair and neglect.
The cemetery holds historical significance dating back to the 1930s. Some of those interred were born after the Civil War. African American boxer Joe Lewis dedicated a plaque in Lincoln cemetery in 1949.
“I am continuing to explore all possible avenues that will expedite our path to license operations at the Lincoln Cemetery and I am advocating personally for our community,” Gipson stated. “Please share the FAQ with those who have an interest in this historic site. I would like to thank all community members for their continued support and your feedback.”
Gipson’s staff is available for questions concerning the cemetery. For additional information, call (310) 324-6408.