Age Minimum (with Adult):8+, Minimum Age:18+
History in the Making-Restoring Evergreen Cemetery
Established in 1891, Evergreen Cemetery is the final resting place for several notable Richmond area African-Americans like Maggie Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. The cemetery has been abandoned for years and is overgrown with brush and ivy and has been used as an illegal dumping area. Due to the delicate nature of the gravestones, heavy equipment cannot be brought in to assist with the clearing and clean up needed to preserve this part of our region’s history. This is why your volunteer time is so important! Volunteer tasks: Landscaping, beautification, marker recording and research. This will help with the restoration of this historic landmark to bring dignity to these famous Richmond leaders that are buried at this cemetery and provide a new public space for the community to be a part of. 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, sunscreen and bug spray. Carpooling is strongly encouraged--parking is limited. Volunteers must sign a waiver liability form. This project is part of MLK Day of Service.
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