Penny Cemetery Fund announces Evergreen Cemetery clean-up

10/18/2009 11:01 AM by


The Penny Cemetery Fund, an attempt to bring new sources of volunteers and funding to the reclamation of Evergreen Cemetery, is organizing a “a huge volunteer clean-up day” on Saturday, October 31st. The goal to is to clear one acre.

“The Penny Cemetery Fund”, a charitable foundation, was created, to restore Evergreen Cemetery, a historic Black cemetery, in Richmond’s east end. Although listed on the State & National registers of historic places this privately owned cemetery has been abandoned for years and is returning to forest.

The Foundation is organizing a huge volunteer clean-up day on Saturday, October 31st. Our goal on the volunteer day is to clear one acre back to the graves of Richmond notables Maggie Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev.J. Andrew Bowler in honor of them.

Contact Deanna Lewis at for more information about the clean-up or the Penny Cemetery Fund.

A Families and Friends group on Yahoo has been the organizing point for a handful of volunteers that have been working doggedly to clean and maintain portions of the privately-owned cemetery.

The dilapidated state of Evergreen Cemetery made the RTD back in early August following the sad stories out of Chicago’s Burr Oak Cemetery.

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