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Volunteers continue to clean Evergreen Cemetery

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Some people spent their Saturday cleaning up a neglected cemetery on the Richmond's East End.

Volunteers from Virginia Roots were clearing weeds and overgrown trees that have covered many graves at Evergreen Cemetery.

Many famous African-Americans including Maggie Lena Walker are buried there.

Little has been done to maintain the 65-acre cemetery in recent years and the volunteers are trying to clean it up, one weekend at a time.

"There are people from the 1800s who are buried here so this is definitely a historic site and we want to get as much cleared as possible," said volunteer Jenny Rios.

The cemetery dates back to 1891 and was started to serve as the African-American equivalent to Richmond's famed Hollywood Cemetery.

There have been thousands of volunteers to come out since for cleanups, according to Veronica A. Davis, Virginia Roots director. Volunteers have made great progress over the years, but still have a long way to go. If you want to volunteer, call 757-332-4042.

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