Photos of Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, VA
Photographer: Mike Lynaugh - October 25, 2008
 
mike@mikelynaugh.com

I would like to show you these photos because I want to bring the terrible condition of this historic African-American cemetery on the east side of Richmond, Virginia to the attention of as many people as possible.  This cemetery is the resting place of prominent African-Americans from the late 1800's and first half of the 1900's.  This cemetery's most notable citizen is Maggie Walker.  As you will see from my photos below, this cemetery has fallen into total disrepair.  Most of the graves are not even visible anymore because the woods have reclaimed this land and when you walk around this cemetery you can't help but feel terrible for the families of those who rest here.  In this cemetery is the most horrible example of a total lack of respect for the dead that I have ever witnessed.  Back in the woods is the mausoleum of the Braxton family and you will see that someone has broken through the wall, torn open the caskets contained inside and, I can only guess, stolen the possessions of those buried within the walls.  Even worse that that, when you look through the hole you can see the remains of a body pushed over to the corner.....the skull clearly visible to anyone looking through the hole.  There is even an ulna bone laying in the grass outside the burial chamber.  I want to let you know that in absolutely no way did I disturb any of the remains that are shown in the photos below.  I used a monopod to put my camera to certain areas so I could see what has happened inside, so I can bring it to the attention of everyone possible so that something can be done about this total lack of respect for those members of the Braxton family that were laid to rest in their mausoleum.  Please forward these photos to as many people as possible so hopefully we can get the owners of Evergreen Cemetery to take care of the families that trusted that their loved ones would be taken care of.

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Evergreen Cemetery   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Reverend J. Andrew Bowler at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Rebecca Mitchell at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Rebecca Mitchell at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Miss Marie E. Bolling at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
An Ulna bone laying on the ground outside of the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh An Ulna bone laying on the ground outside of the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
A pile of bones inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh A pile of bones inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
This is the hole that someone smashed through the wall of  the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh A pile of bones inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
An open casket inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh An open casket inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
A skull inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh A skull inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh An open casket inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Inside the Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The Braxton mausoleum at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Maggie L. Walker at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Douglas Gordon at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Florence Storrs McCreary at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Howard Lewis, a World War II veteran, at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Benjamin Franklin Snipe at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh A row of graves that are completely overgrown at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
The grave of Emma J. Scott at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Reverend J. Andrew Bowler at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh
A new burial at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh The grave of Samantha Nicholas at Evergreen Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia   Mike Lynaugh