Virginia Bill to Help Deteriorating Historic Black Cemeteries

A bill that would help preserve neglected African-American cemeteries and gravesites in Richmond and Henrico County is headed to the General Assembly.

For years WTVR CBS 6 has profiled the deteriorating conditions at Evergreen Cemetery where numerous prominent African-Americans, including Maggie Walker, were laid to rest. The East End Cemetery has also been neglected and even vandalized over the years.

Maurice Fountain is one of the hundreds of volunteers who pulled weeds, cut tree branches and removed debris Saturday at Evergreen.

“This is a historically black cemetery. It’s important to keep history alive,” Fountain said. “It’s quite a lot of work to be done.”

As years past, both of the cemeteries fell into disrepair.

There are thousands of graves on the more than 60 acres at the two properties, which are privately owned. That means it is up to the families of those buried there to maintain the plots.

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