April 30 work day

We worked out at East End for over 6 hours today. We had 23 volunteers – 16 from VCU sociology class, 3 from VCU Phi Omega Pi and 4 regulars. We also had a boy scout out with others working on his eagle project. We worked on maintaining what has been cleared after we hauled the dumped furniture to the trash dumpster. Many plots were spruced up and gravestones straightened up. We also found a couple new gravestones while doing this. We had 1 visitor and 2 family members come visit. We are able to show the family members their ancestor’s grave and gravestone.

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April 24 work day

We worked out at East End for over 4 hours today. We had 12 volunteers from VCU and 2 regulars. We also had 3 visitors. Several graves were cleared and several gravestones were uncovered. We also hauled some trash and brush and I got a little maintenance done with the weed whacker.

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2000 Graves!

With the 2 grave markers uncovered today at East End, we now have 2000 memorials on Find A Grave with a grave marker picture. This means we have found 2000 graves which have a readable marker.

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April 23 work day

We worked out at East End for over 3 hours this morning. We had 11 VCU students and 1 community member. We spent almost the first hour removing brush from the brush dumpster so we could get at the trash that was dumped in it and then hauling that trash to the trash dumpster. After that we worked at clearing plots. We found one grave marker.

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April 16 work day

We worked out at East End for over 5 hours today. We had 18 volunteers including 11 VCU sociology students, 3 regulars and 4 new community members. We got plots cleared and brush hauled. Special thanks to Elijah and Jordan for hauling all the dumped roof slate to the trash dumpster. Several grave markers were uncovered.

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April 15 work day

We worked out at East End Cemetery for about 5 hours today. We had 18 volunteers 14 of whom were VCU sociology students. We cleared several plots and founds lots of grave markers, hauled brush and hauled trash but got no maintenance done and so the weeds got taller.

One of our regular volunteers found a gravestone and when he went to get it out of the ground, he found another under it. There turned out to be 5 gravestones or parts of gravestones stacked one upon the other. Here is a picture of the 5 stones that pulled out of the hole.

5-stones

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JustServe.org

The East End Cemetery clean up is now a registered project with JustServe.org, a service by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.which matches faith, nonprofit, community and governmental organizations that need volunteers with volunteers willing to help.

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