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A green space built on buried bodies: The story of Cemetery Park in Ventura

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Ventura resident Steven Schleder wants the city to restore the cemetery. Photo credit: Brandon Alvis

A new documentary tells the story of one of Ventura’s most popular downtown parks. However, few know the grisly details: just below the grass lies more than 3,000 buried bodies, whose gravestones were lifted off the land and dropped into a nearby canyon by the city back in 1964.

Thousands of bodies are buried under Cemetery Memorial Park in Ventura. Photo credit: Brandon Alvis
A newspaper clipping from 1966. Photo credit: Brandon Alvis


Cemetery Park Official Trailer from Brandon Alvis on Vimeo.

Credits

Guest:
Brandon Alvis - filmmaker - @brandonalvis

Host:
Jonathan Bastian

Producer:
Kathryn Barnes