Introducing…The Cemeteries at Evergreen Family Council!
Published on June 15th, 2021 by The Enrichmond Foundation
The Enrichmond Foundation is proud to announce that for the first time since their founding in the late 1800s, the Historic Evergreen Cemetery and East End Cemetery are coming together under one umbrella — The Cemeteries at Evergreen.
These historical cemeteries were founded by leaders of Richmond’s African American community and provide a resting place for over 25,000 individuals who made important contributions to this city and our nation. It’s our honor to work on behalf of the descendant family community to restore and protect these sacred cemeteries.
Hundreds of descendant community members have worked together over the last two years to develop the award-winning Historic Evergreen Cemetery Master Plan — the first descendant-led reclamation master plan for an African American Cemetery in Virginia. With guidance from descendant family members, partners, and volunteers, we are restoring and preserving these sacred grounds as a pivotal piece of Richmond history. Preservation Plans are in process and we are creating maps that will make locating gravesites and information easier for the public.
Now, we need your voice once more.
After a pause during the COVID pandemic, we are reengaging with the community and seeking collaboration, guidance, and input. We invite you to share your perspectives and make your voices heard as we seek to reclaim, preserve, and celebrate the Cemeteries at Evergreen. So, how can you use your voice to provide input on these plans?
There are two ways that you can contribute to this process:
What is the Family Council?
The Cemeteries at Evergreen Family Council will consist of members of the historic cemeteries’ descendant communities.
- Family members of those laid to rest in the cemeteries,
- Members of the community that are connected to the family of individuals buried in the cemeteries
- Members of the community that feel a strong connection to the cemeteries
The Cemeteries at Evergreen Family Council will advise the Enrichmond Foundation in the implementation of planning, reviewing, and prioritizing initiatives relating to the restoration, preservation, and celebration of The Cemeteries at Evergreen (Historic Evergreen and East End). The Family Council’s discussions, decisions, and recommendations will inform the strategic priorities and tactical implementation of The Cemeteries at Evergreen’s multi-year restoration process.
We understand the great need to continue centering the voices and feedback from the people most impacted by the work we do. If you would like to add your voice to this collaborative, multi-jurisdictional, public-private effort to reclaim, preserve, and celebrate Black culture and achievement we invite you to join the Family Council today.