Neglected, overgrown, and tucked away deep in the woods of the East End of Richmond surrounded by two landfills, Historic Evergreen Cemetery was easy to miss. That is destined to change now that the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has awarded this sacred site official designation as “a site of memory associated with the Slave Route Project”—one of the first in the world.
Esther Bogin, a 50-year-old manager from Richmond, was diagnosed with lymphoma in July 2015 after discovering lumps just below her chin. A few weeks later, she received news that she had not only one potential donor, but three – and Ari Goldstein, a 23-year-old first-year medical student from Owings Mills, was confirmed to be a 100 percent match.
Mayor Levar Stoney keeps a small ceramic turtle on his desk. “Good leaders stick their necks out in a time of crisis,” he said. Stoney, 36, has been sticking out his neck for years – as the first in his family to attend college, as the youngest member of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration and the first African-American to serve as secretary of the commonwealth, and now as mayor of Virginia’s capital.