Friends of East End Cemetery need your help to win $25k grant

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Friends of East End Cemetery are asking for the public’s help in their quest to win a $25,000 grant.

The all-volunteer nonprofit has been chosen as a top finalist for State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program that gives grants to different projects in education, safety, and community development across the country.

Friends of East End Cemetery has worked to restore East End, a historic African American burial ground in Henrico County, since 2013.

Over the years, they have connected with friends and relatives of the deceased who have informally shared their loved ones’ stories. A volunteer with the non-profit told 8News they would use the grant money to help tell the stories of those buried at the cemetery.

“We’re capturing these stories so that they can live and go beyond this site,” Brian Palmer said, adding that every gravestone has a story to tell.

The cemetery is an outdoor archive of not just the African American Experience but the American experience, Palmer said.

Love sustained this place for a very long time, but you need money, you need investment, so now what we’re trying to do is to bring that love value back, bring the community value back and we hope that community investment will follow,”

Brian Palmer

The voting ends Aug. 23 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. residents who are 18 and older with a valid email address can vote up to 10 times a day here.

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