Give A Day RVA Evergreen on Sept. 23

See: https://enrichmond.org/events/give-day-rva-evergreen-cemetery/

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Work day on June 10

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More March 11 details

Ticks are active again. We will have spray on site but if you have your own, bring it and use it.

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More March 11 details

Ticks are active again. We will have spray on site but if you have your own, bring it and use it.

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March 11 Event Weather

The latest forecast shows temps will be in the 30s and low 40s that morning with wind chills probably in the 20s and 30s all morning. Please dress accordingly!

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March 11 Event Details

Details about March 11 event:

Wear appropriate clothing – preferably boots, blue jeans and long sleeves.  Short and leggings are strongly discouraged due to all the vegetation with thorns.

Bring work gloves if you have them.

Bring yard tools if you want.  Be sure to mark them somehow as yours.

Car pool as much as possible .

There will be tools and gloves available.

Free parking will be at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Rd., Henrico, VA.  Shuttle buses will run from the parking lot to the cemeteries.  Please do not attempt to walk from the parking area to the cemeteries.   Shuttle buses will start running at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

Day will start with brief remarks at the Evergreen entrance.   Coffee, juice and doughnuts will be available.

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Significant Discovery

Two days ago a group of us were tromping through Evergreen cemetery when Brian Palmer noticed the sun lighting up a big grave marker off to the side of the road so he went to check it out. It turned out to be the grave marker for Thomas Mitchell, brother of John Mitchell Jr. I had been looking for this grave for 7 years and now through serendipity we found it. Yesterday four of us went back and cleared the grave so we could see the grave marker. Today, after working at East End, we met his great grandson, John Mitchell, at Evergreen and showed him the grave. Below is a picture of the grave before we started clearing and then a picture of John Mitchell beside the grave.

Thomas Mitchell died in 1900. He was the manager of the Richmond Planet. In August of 1901 they had a dedication ceremony for his grave marker. A newspaper article from that time says that 10,000 people witnessed the dedication and unveiling of the monument. There were marching bands and a reviewing stand. Also below is a picture of the monument from the newspaper article and a picture of Thomas Mitchell.

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