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Veterans recognized at East End Cemetery for first time in decades

May 24, 2014 2:53 pm by

The local Knights of Columbus council has put flags on 25 veterans graves at East End Cemetery (one of the four cemeteries at Evergreen) for Memorial Day.

The graves have been reclaimed from the forest over the past eight months or so, after decades of neglect.

From a brochure published by the East End Cemetery Clean Up & Restoration Project:

East End Cemetery is an abandoned African-American cemetery located in the East End of Richmond, VA. Its size is estimated to be about 15 acres.

East End Cemetery was established in 1897 from what was originally Greenwood Cemetery. East End is currently part of a four-cemetery complex, about 100 acres in size, known as the Four Cemeteries of Evergreen.

In its time, East End was the place to be buried for African-American Richmonders including the notable Rosa Bower. In more recent years, the cemetery has become engulfed in ivy and brush. The cemetery has also been used as an illegal dump, resulting in an abundance of litter, especially along the roads.

The volunteer work of clearing the brush, ivy, trees, and refuse is ongoing. Contact John Shuck at (804)728-9475 if you can help.

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