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“Historic Oakwood Cemetery” by Bruce Miller and Robin Simonton

  • Visitor Center at Mordecai Historic Park 1101 Wake Forest Road Raleigh, NC, 27604 United States (map)

Oakwood Cemetery evolved from a final resting place for Confederate soldiers to a modern “cemetery full of life,” reflecting over 150 years of the remarkable history of Raleigh, North Carolina. Many of the men and women who lived that history and developed this Southern capital—from soldiers and politicians to educators and clergy, from merchants and craftsmen to social activists and laborers—now rest in Oakwood, memorialized in the monuments that grace this lovely garden cemetery. Their stories, illustrated by archival and modern photographs, are told within this volume.

Bruce Miller is the Historian of Historic Oakwood Cemetery and a well-known local historian. Bruce has been Treasurer for the Society for the Preservation of Historic Oakwood (District), a Tour Guide for Triangle Glides (Segway) in Raleigh, and a Friend of Historic Oakwood Cemetery. He holds an AB in History from Dartmouth College and an MA from UNC Chapel Hill in US History. He has taught history at Deerfield Academy in Deerfield, Mass. and was a teacher of History and Economics and Associate Head of School at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh.

Robin Simonton has been the Executive Director of Historic Oakwood Cemetery since November of 2011. Robin holds a BA in US History from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Previously, she was the Program and Volunteer Services Executive at Girl Scouts — North Carolina Coastal Pines. Robin served as the researcher of the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site, written by Nanette Napoleon in 1997 and currently is the online editor of The Graveyard Rabbit Online Journal. Robin and her husband, Jeff, live in Raleigh with their son, Cullen.

You can follow the cemetery on Twitter @historicoakwood and Facebook.

Location: Mordecai Historic Park Visitor Center
Raleigh NC

Time: 2:00 pm

Fee: $5.00 per person