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John Shuck is fighting the good fight at East End Cemetery

Grant Martin has posted a great profile of John Shuck’s work at Evergreen/East End Cemetery over on OVERLOOKED RVA:

Here, countless coffins sink deeper each day into the soft soil, causing the ground to undulate like ripples on calm water – but this landscape is anything but calm. Thick and thorny brambles push past a blanket of poison ivy to snag at shirtsleeves and scratch at skin. Kudzu-cloaked obelisks rise like green-gloved fingers, pointing in futile defiance against nature’s unchecked onslaught. Grapevine grips at weedy trees which grow as much as 15 feet each year, coiling like pythons around their tapering trunks toward a neon canopy so dense that it casts the tombstones below into permanent shadow.

No one knows the dark landscape of this abandoned cemetery better than John Shuck.

Shuck has posted on Twitter that he will be out working Friday and Saturday if you are interested in helping.

Grant also has a nice piece about the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at Libby Park.

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Eric S. Huffstutler
Eric S. Huffstutler
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John Shuck has been fighting an admirable crusade to try and keep the wilderness at bay but sometimes it is all for naught. By the time one section is finished and another started, the growth starts back in a never-ending cycle. So sad is the simple fact that he has to rely on only a few regular (and sometimes only one or two) volunteers while Church Hill, Union Hill, Chimborazo, and other surrounding neighborhoods who have friends and relatives buried at Evergreen and East End, show little to zero interest. How disrespectful can a collective community (or a city for… Read more »

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I am sure there are students and organizations at University of Richmond, VCU and Randolph Macon that would help supply labor.

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