Mamie E. Locke

Legislators expand funding to restore African-American cemeteries

Legislators expand funding to restore African-American cemeteries

RICHMOND — It doesn’t take more than a brief visit to East End Cemetery to see that racial inequality affects not only the living; it extends to the dead as well.

Many of the graves in this Henrico County cemetery, the final resting place for hundreds of African-Americans who lived during the 19th century, are overgrown with weeds, their graves unmarked, sunken and fading away.

East End is one of many historic African-American cemeteries neglected for decades around the nation. But this week, the General Assembly made 19 more of them eligible for state maintenance funds.

One of the graveyards — the Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton — may hold the remains of William...

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