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East End is a historic African American cemetery in Henrico County, Virginia. Established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery, East End is the final resting place of an estimated 13,000 people, among them some of the most prominent black Richmonders of the turn of the 20th century: Rosa D. Bowser, a pioneering educator and civic leader; Hezekiah F. Jonathan, a business owner and the vice president of the Mechanics' Savings Bank (founded by Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell Jr., who is buried at Evergreen); William Custalo, the longtime proprietor of Custalo House, a noted bar and restaurant on Broad Street; and Dr. Richard F. Tancil, a Howard University–educated physician and bank president. Volunteers will clear brush and restore pathways, often discovering mislaid grave markers along the way.
Attire/Notes: Dress for the weather! We recommend you wear denim jeans and heavy shoes or boots as there is broken glass and rusty metal on site (leggings, shorts or open-toed shoes are not advised). Bottled water is usually available, but we suggest you bring something to drink. There is a portable toilet available.
Transportation: Transportation support is available. Volunteers are also invited to arrange their own transportation. If volunteers plan to carpool or drive themselves, please plan to arrive at 50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA 23223 by 12:30pm.