East End Cemetery Collaboratory

This is the main website for the East End Cemetery Collaboratory, this site brings together the various projects members of the collaboratory contribute including maps, 3D grave marker scans, histories, and archives including this one.

East End Cemetery Map

Years in the making, this map pinpoints the locations of grave markers at East End using GIS technology and drone imagery. As of September 2020, nearly 3,250 markers have been mapped, with points indicating their precise positions in the cemetery. Points will continue to be added as markers are found. The map was created and is maintained through a partnership with the Digital Scholarship Lab and the Spatial Analysis Lab at the University of Richmond.

East End Cemetery RVA

A visually dynamic resource, this website situates the cemetery and the people buried there in their historical context and features photographs made through the years at East End, as well as archival images from public-domain sources and from relatives of the deceased. Like the archive, the site is designed to accept content from users—photos, documents, stories—and contains a growing number of short biographies written by family members and other researchers.**

Other Websites

The Hart Island Project

Richmond Cemeteries

Virginia Untold: The African American Narrative

Context and Related Articles

Black Deaths Matter: By Seth Freed Wessler. October 15, 2015.

For the Forgotten African American Dead. By Brian Palmer. January 07, 2017

Perpetual Neglect: The Preservation Crisis of African American Cemeteries. By Zach Mortice. May 2017.

Costs of the Confederacy. December 2018. Smithsonian Magazine: A special report by Smithsonian and the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute

Monumental Lies. December 8, 2018

The Geer Cemetery: A Lesson in Black History. By William Sturkey. February 5, 2019

The final resting place of Miami’s black pioneers: A forgotten cemetery in disrepair. August 2, 2019

How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering. September 6, 2020.