MLK Day of Service at East End

Volunteers load up the wagon with brush to haul to the road on a recent workday at East End Cemetery. Photo by Brian Palmer/

We hope you’ll join us on Monday, January 15 — Dr. King’s 89th birthday — for a day of service at East End. It’s going to be cold, but don’t let that stop you! Dress warmly in layers and meet us at the cemetery at noon. Or join Erin and Brian at Oakwood Arts (3511 P Street in Church Hill) at 11 a.m. for coffee, tea, and a brief introduction to the history of East End and the community it served. Volunteers will carpool to the cemetery from there (about a five-minute drive). Tools, water, and light snacks will be provided on-site. We hope to see you there!

WHEN: Monday, Jan. 15, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: East End Cemetery (work begins at noon) or, for coffee and a ride to the cemetery, Oakwood Arts (11 a.m.)


Come One, Come All!

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We hope you’ll join us on Tuesday, June 27, at the Robinson Theater for an update on the restoration effort—past, present, and future—at East End Cemetery. We’ll share the latest facts and figures, show a selection of photographs, and encourage a community-wide conversation. Come with questions and suggestions! Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact us by email (, Facebook (@EastEndCemeteryProject), or Instagram (@friendsofeastend). We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!

News from East End

Flag planting at Evergreen Cemetery in honor of Memorial Day. By the end of the long weekend, volunteers had placed nearly 200 flags at Evergreen and East End, where veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam are laid to rest; May 27, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer

The Friends of East End Cemetery Inc. is now a 501 (c)(3), a nonprofit registered with the Internal Revenue Service. This means we’re eligible to receive tax-deductible donations. (We’re asking people to wait on contributing until we give the word to contribute!)

We spent a productive Memorial Day weekend at the cemetery, weed-whacking and weed-plucking in the front section. The Knights and the Taylors came by to tend their family plots while we were there.

We took a few moments to look back on what we’ve accomplished over the past four years with our friends and partners. Since John first rolled up in the Shuck Truck, we’ve cleared roughly three and half acres of the 16-acre cemetery. About 6,000 volunteers have participated in nearly 300 work days at this hallowed ground. These figures don’t count the thousands of hours of clearing, photographing, and researching that core volunteers have invested in the restoration effort on unscheduled work days.

It’s been four excellent years—and we’re just getting started. We look forward to seeing you in the coming weeks.

Mr. Thomas Taylor plants flowers in his family plot after weeding it. He’s been tending his loved ones’ graves at East End Cemetery for many years; May 29, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer
A grave decorated for Memorial Day in a section of Evergreen Cemetery that was recently cleared by volunteers; May 27, 2017. Photo by Brian Palmer

East End and Evergreen in the New York Times

Morning at East End Cemetery, November 19, 2016. Photo: Brian Palmer/

This weekend the New York Times ran Brian’s opinion piece on HB1547, a bill before the Virginia Legislature to provide annual funding for the care of historic African American cemeteries. The legislation will almost certainly meet resistance in the General Assembly, which opens January 17. Lawmakers will need encouragement from concerned citizens to pass the bill. We’re asking our supporters in the state of Virginia to contact your legislators to urge them to vote for perpetual care for East End, Evergreen, and other important sites of memory.

Morning at Sub Rosa, January 8, 2017. Photo: BP

New Year, Fresh Snow

East End Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Erin Hollaway Palmer
East End Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Erin Hollaway Palmer 
Teacake, Brian and Erin’s seven-month-old puppy, at East End Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Palmer/
Erin and Teacake enjoy a brief snow shower at Evergreen Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Palmer/
Evergreen Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Palmer/
The Braxton family crypt at Evergreen Cemetery, a frequent target of vandals and desecrators, January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Palmer/
On a hot day several months ago, we watched Norman Jones, a retired mason, build this enclosure around the burial plot of Patricia Ann Hardy, his friend Artie Jefferson’s girlfriend of 26 years, who passed away in February 2016. Photo: Brian Palmer/
East End Cemetery, January 8, 2017. Photo: Brian Palmer/