Momentum builds to restore large black cemetery in Virginia

Published: Jan. 21, 2019 at 12:27 PM EST
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A major effort is underway to restore a large African-American cemetery in Virginia that was founded in the late 1800s and fell into disrepair during the 20th century.

Two foundations dedicated to restoring Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond announced Monday that they've secured a conservation easement to preserve the land where the cemetery sits.

The cemetery spans 60 acres and holds the graves of more than 10,000 people. They include prominent black bankers and doctors who flourished after the Civil War and before the Jim Crow era.

People buried there include Maggie L. Walker, the first African-American woman to found a bank in the United States.

The Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Enrichmond Foundation are behind the restoration, which they say will be among the largest such efforts in the nation.