East End Cemetery

I originally visited East End Cemetery when I was staying in Richmond, Virginia, researching the histories of certain sites important to the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the “Lost Cause” erasure of Black history from the visible landscape.

(Other Richmond sites are explored in my film Watermarks; ultimately I didn’t include this site in that film, which focused on the immediate area by the James River.)

Until 2020, a small, dedicated group of weekend volunteers worked to restore East End, pulling giant weeds from the ground and clearing leaves and fallen trees. I volunteered as well, while I was there in 2017. (The group recently ceased work because of conflicts with a new landowner, the Enrichmond Foundation, and is now producing an oral history project about East End.)