About the Cemetery

East End is a historic African American cemetery in Henrico County, Virginia. Established in 1897 next to Evergreen Cemetery, East End is the final resting place of an estimated 13,000 people, among them some of the most prominent black Richmonders of the turn of the 20th century: Rosa D. Bowser, a pioneering educator and civic leader; Hezekiah F. Jonathan, a business owner and the vice president of the Mechanics’ Savings Bank (founded by Richmond Planet editor John Mitchell Jr., who is buried at Evergreen); William Custalo, the longtime proprietor of Custalo House, a noted bar and restaurant on Broad Street; and Dr. Richard F. Tancil, a Howard University–educated physician and bank president.

Decades of neglect had obscured their graves and thousands of others beneath tangles of ivy, brush, and illegally dumped trash. Since June 2013, a small group of regular volunteers, along with many students and Richmond-area residents, have been working to reveal them, slowly uncovering not just long-buried headstones but an entire community.

If you like whacking weeds, lopping branches, and discovering the history of your city, then you’ll enjoy the challenge of helping restore East End. We never know what we’ll find when we pull back the vines.

The cemetery is located at 50 Evergreen Rd, Richmond, VA  23223

For more information, contact:
John Shuck, site coordinator



23 Responses to About the Cemetery

  1. Kimberly Adkins says:

    Was doing some research to learn more about this cemetery, and in following Virginia Randolph, I found where on Wikipedia and on findagrave.com, it is claimed that Virgina Randolph is buried in the yard of the Virgina Randolph Cottage/museum, which she had apparently started as a training school of sorts. Is this a different Virginia Randolph buried here?

    • jgshuck says:

      It is the same Virginia Randolph. Originally she was buried at End End Cemetery but when it got overgrown, they moved her to the yard of the school named after her. She may or may not still have a gravestone at East End.

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  3. Junio says:

    may i come out tomorrow to help so i can get community and service hours for school. Fairfield Middle School.

  4. Robert Lee says:

    Best contact is by text to 804-347-0279. My girlfriend and I are interested in volunteering to help out with the clean up of the cemeteries. Please contact with info on how and when we can help.

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  7. Lina Bostwick says:

    Can you tell me if any Bostwick’s are buried in this cemetery.

    • jgshuck says:

      Sorry for the delay. I just noticed this comment. We have no records for the cemetery so the only way we know who is buried there is through finding a grave marker or what is on a death certificate. We put all names we find on Find A Grave. There is a Robnett Bostick but no Bostwicks. John

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  13. sultan smith says:

    my 3xgreat grandparents are buried there Claiborne Storrs and his wife Caroline

  14. Sharon Lockett says:

    Hi. Can you tell me if you have come across my grandmother’s grave? She is buried there. Her name is Estelle McKnight. Thank you.

  15. mudhooks says:

    I just donated. I hope it helps… If I lived in the area I would love to help. Alas, I am in Canada. With you in spirit!

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