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VCU Sociology students Make It Real

Service Learning Students in VCU Sociology’s Aging and the Life Course Class team up with VCU AASE and University of Richmond students in the WIL program this past Saturday. As participants in the East End Clean Up and Restoration Project, students and community members work together to reclaim the historical East End Cemetery, remember and honor the men and women who are buried there.

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Founded in 1897, the East End Cemetery, the final resting place of countless prominent African-Americans, has been sitting neglected for decades; all but forgotten. Working with community volunteers VCU Sociology students are helping to restore the graveyard and are working on cataloguing, documenting and researching those who were buried there. The information, which includes the documentation of headstones, burial sites, and vital statistics are being made publicly available so that people can finally locate loved ones.

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