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Master plan to restore historic cemetery revealed

Posted: 9:35 PM, Feb 29, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-29 21:37:07-05
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RICHMOND, Va. – A new plan aims to restore a 60-acre cemetery dating back to the 1870s that is the final resting place for thousands of African Americans who helped build the City of Richmond.

"Evergreen is a UNESCO Site of Memory that is directly related with the international slave trade," Enrichmond Foundation's Kelly Pratt previously said. "So it's not just of local importance, it's of international importance."

The Evergreen Cemetery Executive Planning and Review Team along with Enrichmond and other stakeholders unveiled their master plan to restore the historic spot during an event Saturday at the Maggie L. Walker Historical Site.

The plan, which took two years to craft, aims to reclaim “one of America’s most significant African American cultural assets.”

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Maggie Walker and John Mitchell Jr. are among the prominent figures buried at Evergreen.

Click here to learn more about the Evergreen Cemetery or to sign up to volunteer.