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.


C. Clayton Shepherd

Clayton came to the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery in 2011 as an historic preservation intern and has never looked back.

A retired Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Reserve, Clayton created "Adopt a Soldier of Shockoe Hill Cemetery" in 2014 (now known as "Shockoe Hill Soldiers: Their Stories and Service").  That initiative has helped mark the graves of over 100 veterans, from the Revolutionary War to the present day.

Clayton has served as board president since 2016, and is dedicated to preserving and improving Shockoe Hill Cemetery, and to telling the stories of those interred within its walls.


Barbara C. Lagasse

A native of Richmond, Barbara graduated from VCU with a degree in Business Administration and Management, concentration in Real Estate and Urban Land Development.

Barbara has held positions in the human resource field since 1995 in varying capacities from Analyst to Director, in government, nonprofit, university and private sector settings. She is active in community and hereditary volunteer organizations, including the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution (VADAR).

Barbara first served on the board of the Friends in 2012. Her responsibilities include serving as Recording Secretary, along with event planning, fundraising, public relations and providing tours.

Barbara has forty known ancestors buried here, some of whom served in the War of 1812 and the Civil War. She and husband Greg are passionate about restoring existing gravestones, remembering those with unmarked graves by placing stone for them, and educating others about the importance of recognizing all of these individuals.


Jeffry Burden

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.


James Laidler

Originally from Michigan, Jim Laidler is a career cemetery professional.  He is the incumbent Cemeteries Manager for Richmond's Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities, a post he's held since 2013.

Jim takes great pride in assisting the Friends of Shockoe Hill Cemetery board, and is working diligently to make Shockoe Hill an active cemetery once again.


Kristina Leverty

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.