With Henrico’s help, nonprofit uncovers thousands of gravesites in 2 years
Two years after acquiring the neglected, vine-choked property, Marvin Harris isn’t interested in slowing or pausing the work to restore historic Woodland Cemetery. Not for Virginia’s sweltering summer heat.
Not even for a broken right foot.
“You couldn’t take me away from this project,” Harris said, toweling perspiration from his face and hobbling across the grounds in a protective boot – an injury caused in March by a toppled headstone.
Tucked off Magnolia Road in eastern Henrico County, Woodland was established in 1917 for the interment of Black residents at a time of strict segregation. However, with no funds for perpetual maintenance, the cemetery languished from neglect and eventually all-but vanished in a tangle of weeds, trees and brush.
As executive director of the nonprofit Woodland Restoration Foundation, Harris is leading efforts to reestablish the cemetery as a place of dignity and reverence.Continue reading Woodland Cemetery: Lost no more
Ideas can be submitted online at NameTheShelter.com through Aug. 31
Henrico residents are invited to suggest names for an animal adoption center that is one of several proposed capital projects included in a countywide bond referendum that voters will consider as part of the 2022 general election.
Individuals can share their naming ideas at NameTheShelter.com through Aug. 31. The top choices will be made available for a public vote online in September. Individuals can follow the progress of the naming campaign on the Henrico County Government accounts on Twitter and Facebook.Continue reading Henrico seeks names from public for proposed animal adoption center