Building Community in Richmond’s Historic African American Cemeteries
In 2017, faculty across disciplines from the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University, along with members of the Friends of East End volunteer group, formed a learning community called the East End Cemetery Collaboratory.
The Collaboratory’s mission is to bring together faculty, staff, students, organizations, and community partners in Richmond, Virginia, to document and support African American history and culture via the region’s cemeteries. We aim to produce place-based knowledge that contributes to a community dialogue about caring for our collective past. Our work seeks to restore the commemorative functions of historic African American cemeteries and to recognize the stories of the people buried therein. We hope our work can inspire future collaborations toward these ends.