Saturday March 10th, 17th, or 24th
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Historic Evergreen Cemetery is a historic African-American cemetery, created in 1891 and located in Richmond’s East End. It is the resting place for many of Richmond’s African-American leaders of the 19th and 20th centuries, including Maggie L. Walker, John Mitchell, Jr., and Rev. J. Andrew Bowler. There are an estimated 10,000 plots in Evergreen, most of which have become overgrown after over 40 years of neglect.
Over the next 3 Saturdays in March, the Enrichmond Foundation is inviting the public to join the AmeriCorps NCCC team they are hosting to clean up Evergreen Cemetery. If you’re not familiar with AmeriCorps it is a federal program which infuses human capitol into local communities to create an impact through service projects. NCCC teams travel throughout the US during their year of service completing hands-on projects such as hurricane relief or clearing pathways in our national parks. Often times, the teams are comprised of young folks from every state in our nation who have a call to serve and take tangible action to make a difference. Richmond is the last stop for these NCCC service members in their year of service. This Saturday, March 10th, in honor of Peace Corps Week, the Returned PeaceCorps Volunteers of Richmond will be joining the AmeriCorps NCCC team for a volunteer clean-up event at Evergreen Cemetery.
Volunteer Event Details
- Volunteer tasks include clearing overgrowth and debris from pathways and grave markers and grave marker recording.
- Tools will be provided. Volunteers should dress for being outside the entire time and wear long pants, closed toe shoes, and bring gardening gloves. Volunteers should bring their own water/water bottles
- Carpooling is strongly encouraged–parking is limited. Volunteers must sign in and sign a waiver liability form.
- Due to the delicate nature of the headstones, use of heavy equipment is very limited and clean up by hand is necessary to preserve this part of our region’s history. Your volunteer time is crucial to the success of this project as we reclaim and maintain the cemetery.
If you are an AmeriCorps service alum or interested in serving locally you can follow the local Richmond chapter on their Facebook page.
If you are a Returned PeaceCorps Member or interested in serving overseas you can follow the local Richmond chapter on their Facebook page