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1PM | Evergreen Cemetery: VMFA On the Road

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Available September 19, 2020 5:00 PM UTC
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Brian Palmer is a Richmond-based photojournalist whose work has appeared in many prominent publications. He received a Peabody Award in 2019 for his work on the radio story "Monumental Lies," which explored the effects of taxpayer-funded Confederate monuments. Richmond’s once-neglected Evergreen Cemetery, founded 1891, is the resting place of Maggie Walker, the first African American female bank president; John Mitchell, the influential editor of the Richmond Planet, one of America’s first African American newspapers; and countless other members of Richmond’s African American community—many of whom were born enslaved. By the early 1970s, the cemetery had fallen into disrepair. In 2017, the Enrichmond Foundation purchased the property and committed to the facilitation the restoration of the long neglected site. In the years since, organized volunteer efforts and donation campaigns have aided in the effort. In 2019, UNESCO named Evergreen Cemetery a “site of memory” associated with its Slave Route Project.

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    Virginia Museum of Fine Arts