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Environment, Civic & Community
Families, Other
Cleaning,Gardening/Planting,Other,Collecting, Sorting & Packaging

Age Minimum (with Adult): 12+, Minimum Age:15+, Court Ordered Volunteer - Allowed

Historic Evergreen Cemetery Clean Up

Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Historic Evergreen Cemetery for volunteer clean-up days. The volunteer days will take place every Saturday 9:00AM-12:00PM.

Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth and debris from pathways and grave markers and grave marker recording.

Tools will be provided. Volunteers should dress for being outside the entire time and wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring gardening gloves. Volunteers should bring their own water/water bottles.

Carpooling is strongly encouraged--parking is limited. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form.

Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 10,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect.

Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, use of heavy equipment is very limited and clean up by hand is necessary to preserve this part of our region’s history. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery.

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