African American Cemeteries Forum
Re: Evergreen Cemetery
In Response To: Evergreen Cemetery ()
I'm in New York, and you're in California - the Blacks in Richmond should be embarrassed and ashamed! My grandparents are buried in Evergreen Cemetery (Richmond, VA) also (1941 & 1950), and I have been trying to get info about that cemetery for years. There was an elderly white caretaker that died in the '90s. I had time on my hands and wanted to set up a website with photos listing names of everyone buried there. Family members still living in Richmond claim "when you you're dead - YOU'RE DEAD!" That means don't bother us about the dead - we can't cope with life. Church Hill is so-called because there was a church on every corner, and those churches should take responsibility for their former church members. My grandmother was buried by the Walter Manning Funeral Home, and he and a few other funeral directors used that cemetery. All the churches must get behind those funeral directors and insist that they clean up/maintain that cemetery if they want business. A recent book (pub. 2003) was written about Richmond's black cemeteries: "Here I Lay My Burdens Down" by Veronica Davis. Evergreen is one of those mentioned. I went to "google.com" and found out that every once in a blue moon someone will go there and remove the weeds. Sporadic clean-ups are not adequate. Evergreen is a private cemetery that has been neglected so long, allowed to become so overgrown it had to be closed. The first woman to organize a U.S. bank is buried there. She (Maggie L. Walker) deserves better.