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Main Street Expansion Leads to Relocation of St. Sebastian’s Cemetery

The decision by the town council to expand Main Street in Question Mark involves relocating St. Sebastian’s Catholic Cemetery to St. Casimir’s Non-Denominational Cemetery.

By Nicolas Flynn | June 18, 1975

In a controversial move, the Question Mark Town Council voted last night to expand Main Street, a decision necessitating the exhumation and relocation of all bodies from St. Sebastian’s Catholic Cemetery. The remains will be reinterred at St. Casimir’s Non-Denominational Cemetery, situated on the outskirts of town, leaving many families of French ancestry upset with the decision.

This bold bureaucratic move, aimed at facilitating traffic flow and encouraging economic development along Main Street, has been met with mixed reactions from the community. While some residents understand the need for expansion, others are concerned about the disturbance of the final resting places of many former townspeople.

Local accountant Barbara Childs expressed support for the expansion project: "While I understand the sensitivity around the cemetery, expanding Main Street is a step forward for our town. It could really open up opportunities for new businesses. I think a car wash or something similar would be a great addition to that area."

Not everyone is upbeat about the expansion. Local resident Jock Reynolds voiced his opposition: "It’s about continuity. It's more than just moving graves. There's a sanctity to final resting places. Disturbing them could bring about unforeseen consequences. I heard they’re thinking about putting a historically-themed car wash there which seems like a potentially bad idea. It worries me what this might mean for the past of Question Mark, especially how we acknowledge our powerful and complicated history."

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