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  • Writer's pictureAbby Brenker

The History of Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas

Welcome to Oakwood Cemetery, a historic burial ground nestled in the heart of Austin, Texas, dating back to the 1850s. This cemetery has dedicated sections for Black, Latino, and Jewish populations. In its vast 40-acre expanse, Oakwood contains over 23,000 burials. 

The cemetery serves as the final repose for a myriad of notable figures, including athletes, politicians, artists, military personnel, and authors. 

Much of the land, including the south side holds the resting place for paupers. It was discovered during renovations of the chapel that it was actually built on top of graves. The City of Austin, in collaboration with the community and archaeologists to respectfully exhume and reintere those people.

Operating daily from 7 am to 7 pm, 365 days a year, the cemetery gates stand open—a silent invitation to explore the rich history and diverse narratives that rest beneath these grounds.

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