Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, founded in 1891 and located in Richmond's East End.
East End Cemetery is a mostly African-American cemetery, founded in 1897, originally under the name of Greenwood Cemetery.
These cemeteries are the resting places for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., Rev. J. Andrew Bowler, Rosa D. Bowser, and Richard F. Tancil. There are an estimated 40,000 plots between the two cemeteries, most of which have become overgrown after over 4 decades of neglect.
Please join us for grave recording. As a grave recorder, you will help to end the cycle of neglect at these cemeteries by learning about the intricacies of preserving the African American legacies. The grave recording team will work on tens of thousands of graves, measuring them, recording epitaphs, taking pictures, recording locations, and much more. Under instructions from the Department of Historic Resources, you will inventory the grave markers in preparation for future restoration at the East End and Evergreen cemeteries.
All tools will be provided. Wear closed-toe, waterproof shoes and long pants. We will be getting dirty because we often uncover lost gravestones.
Bring water and a snack!