FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — A historic resting place in Northwest Arkansas will be kept in tip-top shape thanks to a generous donation.

Evergreen Cemetery is located in Fayetteville, and was founded in 1847, but employees there tell us the retaining wall is beginning to fail.

The Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, and the Department of Heritage, gave the cemetery a $35,000 grant to help restore the retaining wall, and the Cemetery Association says preservation is crucial.

Marilyn Heifner, the president of the Fayetteville Evergreen Cemetery Association commented, “We have a lot of Fayetteville city leaders, mayors, and council people. Kind of the mothers and fathers of Fayetteville are buried in Evergreen because it’s the oldest public cemetery we have in town.”

The Association is looking to raise $17,000 to match the grant.