WHO WE ARE

The Friends of East End is an all-volunteer nonprofit working to reclaim East End Cemetery, a historic African American burial ground, from nature and neglect. With the help of thousands of other volunteers, we seek to transform the cemetery into a public site of memory, contemplation, and beauty that honors Richmond’s Black community and history.

About the cemetery

For more information about East End and the people buried there, please visit eastendcemeteryrva.com. Additional resources include:

  • A DIGITAL MAP of the cemetery, created by the East End Cemetery Collaboratory, a partnership of the University of Richmond, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Friends of East End Cemetery. The digital infrastructure for the map was built by Robert K. Nelson and Justin Madron/UR Digital Scholarship Lab, Stephanie Spera/UR Department of Geography and the Environment, and Beth Zizzamia and Taylor Holden/UR Spatial Analysis Lab. 
  • A growing DIGITAL ARCHIVE, a searchable repository of records and research, also created by the Collaboratory.
  • EAST END ORAL HISTORY PROJECT
  • Cemetery FACT SHEET, for a quick overview of East End and the reclamation effort (updated February 2020)
  • SURVEY OF VETERANS’ MARKERS (updated June 2020)