Troubled Memphis-area cemetery to reopen for family members

Relatives of people buried at a troubled Memphis-area cemetery will have the opportunity to visit their deceased loved ones for the first time since the cemetery closed more than a year ago, after its owner was arrested and charged with mishandling bodies.

Galilee Memorial Gardens in Bartlett is set to open for three hours Monday afternoon to allow family members of people buried there to pay their respects on Memorial Day.

The public has been kept out of the cemetery since it was closed and placed in state receivership in early 2014, based on charges filed against owner Jemar Lambert that he buried bodies on land adjacent to the cemetery and buried three bodies in a single grave.

Lambert has pleaded guilty and is serving a sentence of 10 years’ probation.

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