HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A rededication ceremony was held today in East End Henrico at Evergreen Cemetery to honor Dr. Richard F. Tancil.
Tancil was a Howard University-educated doctor and bank founder in Richmond’s Church Hill neighborhood.
His headstone vanished mysteriously from his family’s plot in Evergreen Cemetery last year.
The cemetery was established in 1897 and is known as the final resting place of an estimated 13,000 people including some of the most prominent black Richmonders of the turn of the 20th century.
In recent years the cemetery has fallen into neglect.
Since June 2013, a small group of regular volunteers, students and Richmond-area residents, have been working to clean up the cemetery.