Dec. 7 work day

We worked 3+ hours this morning at East End Cemetery. It was great weather for working out there. We had 33 volunteers including 8 volunteers from Cardinal Newman Academy, 2 UR students, 5 core team members and the rest were community members. We continued to clear ground cover, cut vines off of trees, cut down brush and small trees and cut up fallen trees. Toward the end of the day, we moved a few feet over to the Evergreen Cemetery side of where we were working and uncovered around 15 gravestones. It was a very productive morning.

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Nov. 30 work day

We worked about 3 hours at East End this morning. We had 9 volunteers including a VCU student, a University of Richmond student and father, my niece and nephew and 4 core team members. We cleared a bunch ground cover ivy, cut up some fallen trees and at the end uncovered several gravestones in the border area with Evergreen cemetery. We also had 1 visitor.

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Nov. 23 work day

Even though our work day at East End was canceled due to possible rain, some of us showed up at the cemetery this morning just in case not everyone got the word. We ended up with 16 volunteers including VCU students, community members and core team. We also had one visitor. We continued clearing ground cover, cutting vines off of trees and cutting up fallen trees and limbs. We also found 4 gravestones. The rain held off so we had a productive morning.

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Nov. 16 work day

Another great, though chilly, work day this morning at East End Cemetery. We had 43 volunteers including VCU students, University of Richmond Seeds students, folks from the Association of Black Social Workers, community members, core team and 12 members of Hope United Church of Christ who came all the way from Alexandria. Also a bunch of volunteers at Evergreen came to help us in East End. We cleared ground cover, cut vines off of trees and found 10 gravestones – 6 in East End and 4 in Evergreen. Our thanks to all who helped this morning.

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Nov. 9 work day

We had a very productive morning at today at East End. We had 25 volunteers including students from Richard Bland College and VCU, a William and Mary professor, 3 community members and 5 core team. Also 5 young men helping at Evergreen came over to help us at East End. We removed ivy from the ground and from trees, cut up and removed fallen trees and ran a trimmer. We found several gravestones. Also a family member came by to visit the grave of an ancestor and a group came through and put flags on the graves of veterans.

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Oct. 26 work day

We had a pleasant morning working at East End Cemetery. We had 19 volunteers including 5 girls and 3 parents from Girl Scout Troop 5413, 4 VCU students, 3 community members and 4 core team members. We cleared ground cover, cleared ivy off of trees, ran 3 trimmers and hauled some downed limbs. Toward the end of the morning the 5 girl scouts made 2 new metal markers to replace dilapidated ones. They then installed one of the new ones they made. Our thanks to all who helped this morning.

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Oct. 19 work day

We had superb weather for a great day working at East End Cemetery this morning for about 3 hours. We had 97 volunteers! The were volunteers from the community, volunteers that signed up through the National Park Service in the Richmond area, volunteers from the University of Richmond, volunteers from the Richmond Archeological Institute of America, volunteers from various VCU groups including a sociology class, Pi Lambda Phi, Alpha Omega Pi and volunteers from the core team. With all this help we worked in areas not really worked on before to clear ground cover and brush. We also picked up fallen limbs and ran a trimmer. Three new grave markers were found. Also, folks from Oakwood Arts set up a tent at the cemetery to make cyanotypes (sun prints). Many volunteers stopped to make a cyanotype at the end of the work day.

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