Catherine Komp’s Volunteers Continue Work Reclaiming Abandoned African American Cemetery is a poignant look at East End Cemetery and John Shuck’s ongoing work to reclaim the burial ground:
East End Cemetery is located off a back road on the border of Richmond and Henrico County. Driving down Stoney Run Parkway, you might miss the weathered plywood sign announcing, “The Four Cemeteries at Evergreen.” Even after pulling onto the unmarked road, it’s so overgrown with trees, ivy and weeds, it’s difficult to know this is a 16 acre cemetery.
Shuck and the volunteers he coordinates, mainly high school and VCU students, have cleared about 500 gravestones so far. But with a low estimate of 5,000-6,000 graves, this work could continue for many, many years.