Garden City Muslims Seek Separate Cemetery
KSCB News - September 1, 2010 12:00 am
Muslim leaders in southwest Kansas are
considering opening a private cemetery that would serve members of
Abdulkadir Mohamed, vice president of Somalis of Southwest
Kansas, says that in recent years, Muslims from southwest Kansas
have been buried in a Wichita cemetery that better serves the
A growing number of Muslims, many from Somalia and Burma, have
settled in southwest Kansas, most to work in four meatpacking
plants within a 70-mile radius of Dodge City and Liberal. An
estimated 500 Muslims live in Garden City.
Muslim leaders asked Garden City in June to set aside a segment
of Valley View Cemetery for members of their faith.
The Garden City Telegram reports that City Commissioner Nancy
Harness told Muslim leaders on Saturday that the city would not
agree to segregate the cemetery.