Brendan O’Brien cleans a headstone at the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground in Revere.
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Saugus teacher helps keep history alive

By Jim Correale

REVERE — It's a sunny July morning, and Eliza Belcher is coming back to life.

Well, not physically — that would be scary — but her name is once again visible on the slate stone that marks her grave. It's probably looking as good as it has at any time since 1837, when Eliza was laid to rest in the Rumney Marsh Burial Ground.

The bandbox of a cemetery is nestled snugly in the middle of a residential neighborhood in Revere, and Brendan O'Brien — one of the volunteers who keeps the grounds tidy and fixes broken headstones—is scrubbing t…

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