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Restoring More than Stones
November 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm$10
Come hear members of Richmond’s Friends of East End Cemetery discuss their efforts to protect and preserve one of Richmond’s prominent and historical African American cemeteries. Like Old City Cemetery, East End Cemetery fell into a state of neglect, and stones were covered by underbrush or completely buried until this organization began restoring East End in 2013. The speakers will discuss the history of the cemetery, its decline, their restoration efforts, their method of research and outreach, and challenges that come with cemetery preservation. Through their efforts, the Friends of East End have not only restored tombstones but also an important part of Richmond’s black community and history.