Riverdale-Porterdale Foundation celebrates cemetery renovations

The Riverdale-Porterdale Foundation held a homecoming Saturday to celebrate the newest landscaping additions to the property.

The ceremonies included brief histories of the two cemeteries, a Ma Rainey tribute, a horse and carriage procession to Riverdale, and the dedication of the new Buck Water Fountain.

Riverdale Cemetery recently added a new fountain and Porterdale has a new fence and set of gates. The renovations were made possible by a donation from the Buck family and a $150,000 grant from the Fort Foundation, said Hal Averett, president of the Riverdale-Porterdale Foundation.