March 23 work day

We worked out at East End for about 3 1/2 hours this afternoon. We had 23 volunteers. 22 were from CHAT and were college students on spring break from Randolph Macon College and Elon University. We got a bunch more ivy cleared and uncovered several gravestones and grave markers.

We also had 2 visitors who were checking out what we are doing. They hope to bring a large group out to work in the near future.

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March 22 work day

We worked out at East End for over 4 hours today. We had 8 volunteers – 3 UR students and 5 regulars. We worked on removing ivy and hauling brush to the brush pile by the entrance. We uncovered several more gravestones and grave markers.

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1000th Memorial

I just added one of the gravestones we uncovered today to Find A Grave. Note the number of memorials now listed for the cemetery after adding that gravestone. When we first started clearing the cemetery in July of 2013 there were just 84 memorials on Find A Grave.

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March 21 work day

We had 55 volunteers at East End today. Most volunteers were UR and VCU students. We also had 1 student from Richmond Community High School and her mother and we had 4 regulars and the parents of one our regulars. We removed a lot of ivy and uncovered several grave markers.

We also had a visitor, a Mr. Bell. His father and grandparents are buried at East End. Fortunately they are buried in an area we have cleared. He intended to clear off their plot but only needed to rake some leaves. He was very pleased with how the cemetery is looking and made a generous donations to the clean up effort.

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March 18 work day

We worked at East End for about 2 1/2 hours today.  We had 6 volunteers, 5 of whom were from VCU ASPiRE.  They worked on clearing an area that we had skipped for some reason.  They found a few grave markers in the area.  I knocked down some ivy with the wheeled and hand held trimmers while they were doing.  The county hauled off the big brush pile at the entrance.  Also the sofas that been dumped were gone as well.  I don’t know if the county took them or not but glad they are gone.

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March 12 work day

We worked out at East End this afternoon for about 3 1/2 hours. There were 19 volunteers from CHAT who were college students on spring break. There will be more of them back out tomorrow morning. They got a lot of ivy cleaned up and uncovered several gravestones.

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March 7 work day

We worked out at East End for over 4 hours today. We had 57 volunteers. 50 were soldiers from Ft. Lee and the rest were regulars and locals. Two folks showed up with trucks which enabled us to haul a lot of brush up to the entrance. Many gravestones uncovered as well. Pretty much the whole stretch of East End along the entrance road up to the Evergreen entrance is now cleared of brush. Also, several plots were completely cleared. A lot of hard work was done by everyone.

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