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Curious about East End Cemetery? Help the effort for MLK Day

December 27, 2016 8:28 am by

The Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday on Monday, January 16 2017, is a National Day of Service, and a time to re-commit ourselves to serving each other and our communities. This Day of Service is a way to transform Dr. King’s life and teachings into community service that helps solve problems.

Registration is now open at Hands On Greater Richmond for MLK Day volunteer opportunities. Search all MLK Day opportunities and sign up here.

If you’re looking for something local, there will also be a Day of Service at the East End Cemetery on the Saturday prior:

East End Cemetery, located in eastern Henrico County, is a historic African American burial ground founded in 1897. It is the final resting place for any number of noteworthy black Richmonders, including Rosa Dixon Bowser, Dr. Richard F. Tancil, and Hezekiah F. Jonathan. Abandoned for many years, East End had become completely overgrown with ivy, brambles, and brush.

Because of the delicate nature of the gravestones, heavy equipment cannot be brought in for clearing and cleanup needed to preserve this vital part of our region’s history. Volunteers will clear and maintain plots and grave markers by removing vegetation with hand held tools.

Volunteers should dress for being outside in cold weather with heavy shoes or boots. Please note that there are no restrooms on-site. Volunteers should bring water and snacks if desired. Bring yard tools and gloves if you can. See your My Account after registering for detailed location and parking directions.


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