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Volunteer Days at Historic Evergreen Cemetery
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Please join the Enrichmond Foundation at Evergreen Cemetery for a series of volunteer clean-up days most Saturdays from 9am-12pm
Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth, trash pick up, 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, though we will have water available.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged–parking is limited. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form.
If you have questions or would like to schedule a different day to volunteer, please contact [email protected].
After turning onto Evergreen Road (also labeled Bulheller Rd.) at the large white sign, please continue driving past East End Cemetery on your right until you drive through two white pillars labeled “Evergreen Cemetery”. Look for the yellow directional signs.
You can then park in two guest parking lots within the cemetery, or along the paved loop as you enter to the right.
Historic Evergreen Cemetery:
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.