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Virginia Department of Historic Resources

East End Cemetery: Public Meeting Oct. 23 to Discuss Discovery of Human Remains

State Historical marker for Evergreen CemeteryOn Friday, October 23, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., please join the Department of Historic Resources and the Enrichmond Foundation for a public hearing to discuss the July 20, 2020 discovery of human remains at East End Cemetery. The remains of the unknown individuals were recovered by DHR archaeologists immediately following the discovery and currently reside in secure storage at that agency. We do not know their names, only that they were laid to rest at a ravine’s edge. We do not know their families, and therefore, we ask you to serve as family. Please speak for those who can no longer speak for themselves. Any citizen with an interest in the discovery or in guiding the proper and respectful reinternment of these unknown individuals is welcome to join this community conversation. To register to attend this virtual public hearing to discuss the discovery of human remains at East End Cemetery or to provide public comment during the hearing, please click the following link Register. Registration is required. Each participant must register separately. Once you register, you will receive an email with a link and telephone number. Registration to provide public comment at the hearing is also required by 12 noon, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23.

Public comment is limited to 3 minutes per speaker and 120 minutes in total. Registration for public comment is on a first-come, first-serve basis. (Due to technical capabilities with the software, public comment can only be taken from those logged in to the website through a computer or logged in to the app with an iPad or smartphone; public comment cannot be taken from those on a mobile or land line.) Anyone who registers for public comment after the deadline of NOON Friday, October 23, 2020 will not be called on to speak at the hearing. If you cannot participate in the virtual public hearing but wish to provide comment, written public comment will also be accepted. The deadline to submit written public comment is 12 noon, Friday, October 23. Please submit your comments to burialpermits@dhr.virginia.gov and info@enrichmond.org. A recording of the public hearing will be made available the following week. Please contact Stephanie Williams, if you have any questions regarding the registration process. Due to the public health emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, this public hearing will be held virtually.

Updated October 13, 2020