Five years ago this weekend, John Shuck decided to check out Evergreen Cemetery. As a fan of cemeteries and the history they contain, he hoped to clear away the overgrowth in a few weekends worth of work, but quickly realized the project was bigger than any one person could handle. Slowly, a team of dedicated regulars and enthusiastic volunteers have trimmed, mowed, dug, chopped, and cleaned their way slowly into perhaps 5% of the total 60 acre parcel. Week after week John is out at the cemetery around 9AM, with a truck full of rakes, loppers, and gloves. Some weeks it is just John with a few others, sometimes we get multiple shifts of volunteers, but we appreciate every single person who comes to check out this amazing part of Richmond’s African-American history and helps out.
We’ve come a long way in 5 years and none of it would have happened without John. Come wish him ‘happy annniversary’ this Saturday. As a special treat there will be Country Style Donuts and drinks for volunteers!