The Shame of Evergreen Cemetery

08/11/2015 6:45 AM by

With 1,000 good words and a damning set of photos, Selden Richardson at The Shockoe Examiner calls for Doug Wilder to take up the mantle of Evergreen Cemetery:

Former Governor L. Douglas Wilder recently unleashed “a stream of tweets,” according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, directed at the current Mayor and his administration. The complaint was the lack of maintenance of the Arthur Ashe monument on Monument Avenue, which was exhibiting some uncut grass around the base. Wilder has reason to be indignant, especially since he was among those who promoted a statue to Ashe, which after much debate was finally erected in 1996.

It is a shame the same degree of indignation regarding the condition of Richmond’s Evergreen Cemetery has not caught Wilder’s attention and his tweet stream. In those quiet woods, in graves disappearing below a sea of English ivy and kudzu, are buried many other real heroes of African American history.

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