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RAAHS Dedicates Memorial at Evergreen

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On a warm Sunday afternoon, in the beauty and serenity of the renovated Evergreen Cemetery, the Riverside African American Historical Society unveiled a dedicated monument with a partial list honoring Riverside's African American loved ones buried at the cemetery and provided a booklet which included family photos and historical background of these early settlers and builders of the Riverside community.

In the past, Evergreen Cemetery lost funding for maintenance and the cemetery fell into disrepair and suffered from vandalism. The Riverside African American Historical Society, whose current membership includes persons related to early Black families buried at Evergreen, joined the community response to restore and revitalize the cemetery and to celebrate the memory of the African Americans who could be located and identified.

Near downtown Riverside, Evergreen Cemetery lies at the foot of Mt. Rubidoux. Founded in 1872, it is the final resting place for more than 27,000 people, including an unknown number of African Americans, buried at the graveyard, instead of segregated in a separate area, as was the universal practice across America in that era.

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