Greetings from the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery!
The Friends group is made up of a governing Board and a network of more than three hundred volunteers and supporters, who are dedicated to preserving, beautifying, and celebrating this historic place. The group formed in 2006 to help the City of Richmond maintain and improve the Cemetery.
The Friends group has been involved in placing more than three hundred individual gravestones and interpretive markers, repairing dozens more fallen or broken gravestones, cleaning and improving the grounds, conducting historical research, and organizing regular tours and other public events — all to ensure that this historical gem remains an integral part of Richmond.
Jeffry Burden lives in Richmond’s historic Church Hill community and is an attorney by trade. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the University of Richmond School of Law.
He has been a volunteer with the “Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery” group since shortly after its founding in 2006, and served as Board President from 2010 to 2016. He has four known relatives interred in the Cemetery.
Jeffry first moved to Richmond in 1985. Since then he has worked closely with the City of Richmond, the National Park Service, and other entities on projects involving the preservation and interpretation of numerous historic sites in Richmond and throughout Central Virginia.
He is a frequent speaker to museums, historical organizations and hereditary groups, with a special focus on Civil War history.
A Shockoe Hill descendant and former Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery board member, Kristina Leverty assists with various research and other Cemetery projects.
She recently oversaw the completion of the first draft of a searchable database with all the Cemetery’s interment records, the first such resource created.