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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 "" 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.
Councilman Roy West complained about the unsightliness of Woodland Cemetery, which had to be cleaned up before Arthur Ashe could be buried there in a plot with his mother. When I retire in a couple of years, I will be in Richmond and better able to see what's what. Contact Debra McDermott ( who could possibly answer questions you have. Let us know of any new developments.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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