When your father tells you he wants to be buried next to his parents, it can pose a problem if the family graveyard has disappeared.

“This cemetery was so overgrown you couldn’t see it from the street,” photographer Doug Yancey said one morning, wielding a chain saw on some fallen trees at the South Bend Cemetery in southeast Atlanta, near the federal penitentiary. “My family had a plot here for 100 years, but we couldn’t find it, we couldn’t drive into it.”

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