Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in the East End of Richmond. 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 5,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect.
Enrichmond’s New Role
Enrichmond Foundation acquired the cemetery in May 2017 and, in partnership with Virginia Outdoors Foundation, will place it under a conservation easement to protect it from future development. In addition to protecting the land, Enrichmond will enlist volunteer, professional, and nonprofit assistance to return Evergreen to an accessible state. Major efforts over the next several years will include: clearing overgrowth and refuse, maintaining cleared areas, mapping gravesites, recording grave information, increasing visitor safety, and making the cemetery and its records available to families of those interred.
Enrichmond’s acquisition of Evergreen is the culmination of six years of research, relationship-building, partnership, and persistence. For three years Enrichmond has supported volunteer groups in the cemetery and witnessed their heroic dedication and effort. The next chapter for Evergreen will continue to include many of its amazing volunteers and committed organizations, with the added support from Enrichmond’s 26 years of successful public space building and partners.
Enrichmond is dedicated to making Evergreen’s sacred grounds public and accessible to all – most especially to family members of those interred. The acquisition also represents Enrichmond’s first step in bringing the “Four Cemeteries of Evergreen” under one coordinated restoration effort. For the last year, Enrichmond has applied the same dedication and persistence to the acquisition of East End Cemetery and two Paupers’ cemeteries. More news on this endeavor will be forthcoming.
On this page, you will find information on how to get involved, special events, updates, and links to public surveys. Please contact [email protected] for any inquiries, particularly regarding finding information about a loved one’s resting place.
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