USM Gulf Park Team conducting examinations of Louisiana cemetery

A geography professor at the University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park in Long Beach and six of his students are engaged in a project collecting information about a historic Louisiana city cemetery.

They will be using the latest technology featuring geographic information systems and ground penetrating radar.

They traveled May 14th through the 15th to West Monroe to conduct a remapping and coding of Hasley Cemetery, located on Arkansas Road in West Monroe.

The team has completed the initial phase of the project, GPR survey and mapping of all headstones, locating approximately 18 unmarked graves, and will next build a GIS for the cemetery and begin entering names.

The final product will be a searchable, online database showing headstones and locations of all who are interred in Hasley Cemetery.

This project is funded by the city.

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