Historic Fairview Cemetery (HFC), established in Albuquerque in 1881, is a local nonprofit organization. This 17.5-acre cemetery is the final resting place of approximately 12,000 people. Over the course of time, at least 80 monuments and headstones have fallen into disrepair and need some tender loving care.

Thanks to funds donated to the HFC 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization from several family foundations and the City of Albuquerque, old granite and marble markers are being repaired and re-set July 26 through July 31, 2021.

The work is being done by Lorenzo Lopez, owner of U.S. Masonry and a 3rd generation mason who grew up near the cemetery. He rode his bike there as a child. In addition, his birthday is November 1, Dia de los Muertos.

Lopez will use a telehandler, equipment that can gently lift and move stones up to 3,000 pounds. Headstones missing bases will be set in concrete foundations created on-site.

The HFC Board is proud to be able to undertake this monumental project to repair the cemetery and preserve its history. People can make tax-deductible donations to support this effort at the HFC website, www.HistoricFairviewCemeteryABQ.org.