Can you spare a few seconds? We’re in the running for a State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grant for our oral history project, but to win, we need your votes. Once you register, all it takes is one click a day through August 23 to send your votes our way: www.neighborhoodassist.com/entry/2023530
Please help us preserve the rich history of East End! And thank you for your continued support.
You’ve seen us in our FoEE T-SHIRTS, and now you can have one too! All you need to do is donate $35 or more (details below), then email or DM us your choice of color, style, and size (firstname.lastname@example.org). Here are the options: (1) Short-sleeve shirt in heather royal (shown here on Brian) or heather charcoal; (2) long-sleeve shirt in cherry red (on Melissa) or charcoal. Shirts are unisex, supersoft, and 100% cotton. All sizes from small to 3XL are available; youth medium and large are available for the short-sleeve shirts only. (NOTE: They all run a bit small, so consider ordering a size up if you’d like a little extra room.)
T-shirts will be available for pickup at East End on Saturday, August 31 (and if you can’t make it then, we’ll figure out another way to get it to you). We’ll be taking orders for the next three weeks, though Friday, August 2. All donations are tax deductible, and they’ll help us replace or repair tools, purchase water and supplies for our year-round workdays, and host public events to build awareness of the cemetery and the community it served.
Here’s how to donate:
• Click on the button beneath “Support Our Work,” right here on this page
• Mail a check, payable to Friends of East End Cemetery, to 717 N. 33rd St., Richmond, VA 23223
• Text 729725 (PayPal) and specify the amount and our email address (email@example.com)
The reclamation of East End is made possible by the hard work of volunteers — many of you included. By investing in the restoration of the cemetery, you are helping to honor the people buried there and to save a vital part of our collective history that might otherwise be lost.
More than 100 volunteers came together at East End last Monday to honor Dr. King’s life and legacy. We filled the dumpster well past the brim, uncovered a number of grave markers, and made headway in some of the most heavily overgrown sections of the cemetery. We even made the nightly news — check out the NBC 12 story here. (All photos below 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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Facebook (@EastEndCemeteryProject), or Instagram (@friendsofeastend). We look forward to seeing you on the 27th!
On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we were thrilled to unveil a new sign (courtesy of donors who prefer to remain anonymous) at the entrance to East End and Evergreen Cemeteries. The fate of the old sign has yet to be determined.
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.