May 31 work day

We worked a couple of hours this morning at East End in the humidity and mosquitoes. We had 6 students and 1 staff member from Anna Julia Cooper School as well as 2 core team members. They cleared weeds and grass off of a couple of plots and also helped me with some GPS work.

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June 26 work day

We worked about 4 hours at East End yesterday morning. We had various community members and most of our core team of volunteers for a total of 20 volunteers. We got the rest of the trees that had been cut down hauled to the edge of road for the county to pick up. We got a pile of trash moved to the dumpster, we ran a mower and 3 trimmers and we cut vines and weeds. A lot of hard, sweaty work was done by all.

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May 25 work day

We worked 7+ hours today at East End. We had 2 shifts of volunteers from The River Lofts at Tobacco Row plus 3 core team members and one UR student for a total of 16 volunteers. We hauled a lot of cut down trees to the side of the road and to the dumpster. I also did some mowing and weed whacking. We cleaned up a plot in preparation for a family visit on Sunday. We also had one family member out working on their plot. A good job was done by all.

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May 24 work day

We worked at East End this morning for about 4 hours. We had 21 volunteers mostly from Dodson Property Management and Midlothian LDS church. We cleared weeds and other growth, hauled branches and limbs from the trees that we had cut down, mowed and trimmed. We filled the dumpster and then some.

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May 12 work day

We had 6 core team volunteers working at East End this morning. We mowed, cut weeds and ran trimmers trying to get ahead of some of the spring growth. A group of James River Hikers stopped by as we were wrapping up. We spent a few minutes telling them about the cemetery and our clean up effort.

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WRIC news story

http://www.wric.com/news/local-news/virginia-communities-legislators-breathe-new-life-into-preserving-black-cemeteries/1165471882

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May 5 work day

We had a nice turn out today at East End. We had 22 volunteers including several from Cub Scout Pack 501, Tuckahoe Middle School, VCU and other community members. We cleared brush and ivy and also cut up a couple fallen trees. Other mowed and ran a trimmer. The volunteers did find 1 gravestone.

Henrico supervisor for the Brookland district, Courtney Lynch, visited us this morning and we gave her a short tour of the cemetery and of the work we have been doing.

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