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 led by our NCCC AmeriCorps team, Delta 3. The volunteer days will take place every Saturday from February 17 – March 24, 9am-12pm.
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, though we will have water available.
Carpooling is strongly encouraged–parking is limited. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form.
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.
If you have questions, please contact [email protected].
50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223