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Celebrating East End Cemetery

As many of you know, the Friends of East End Cemetery is ONE OF 40 NATIONAL WINNERS of a $25,000 grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist®!

Brian Palmer/Friends of East End Cemetery

We spoke to the Friends of East End about their plans for the grant:

We will use the funds for our oral history initiative, which aims to capture stories of African American Richmond that might otherwise be lost. This project builds on genealogical and historical research we have conducted since 2013, when cemetery restoration efforts began.

17 August 2019—Volunteer workday with Friends of East End, regulars, and members of the Ghanaian Association of the Richmond Metropolis. Brian Palmer/Friends of East End Cemetery

They wanted to be sure to thank all of the members of our community who came together to show their support.

We could not have won without the tremendous support of the community, in Richmond and beyond. To express our gratitude to our supporters and to State Farm®, we invite you to celebrate with us on Saturday, November 2, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at East End Cemetery

Join the Friends, Saturday November 2nd to celebrate their win!

Light refreshments will be served. All activities will take place outside; bathroom facilities are limited. The Friends of East End encourage visitors to carpool, as parking is tight.

East End Cemetery Brian Palmer/Friends of East End Cemetery


2:00pm: Event start time

– Friends of East End event table – information about the history of the cemetery, volunteer effort, oral history project, and notable individuals buried at East End.

To learn more, please visit:

– Oakwood Arts event table – information about the East End Quilt Collective.

To learn more, please visit:

– University of Richmond (UR) and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) event table(s) – information about the East End Collaboratory (Friends of East End Cemetery, UR Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, and VCU Center for Community Engagement and Impact) and the digital mapping project.

To learn more, please visit:

2:30pm: Speeches/award ceremony

– Ryan Smith, Professor of History at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Smith is publishing a book on the history and recovery of Richmond cemeteries.

To learn more, please visit:

– Kate Beadle, Public Affairs Specialist at State Farm®. Ms. Beadle serves as our State Farm® Neighborhood Assist program support contact.

To learn more about the program, please visit:

– Friends of East End Cemetery

3:00pm-5:00pm – Take a tour of the cemetery, visit event tables to learn more about the projects involving East End, learn how the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant helps communities nationwide, and ask us how to volunteer!

We hope to see you there as we celebrate this amazing team of History Heroes!

1 comment

East End Cemetery Cleanup & Restoration Project 10/21/2019 at 11:17 AM

Thank you!!


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