Historic Oakwood Cemetery: History, Love and Life Book Talk

Cover image of the book, Historic Oakwood Cemetery

Join the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources’ State Library of North Carolina, State Archives of North Carolina, and Historic Oakwood Cemetery for a book talk and signing given by Historic Oakwood Cemetery authors Robin Simonton and Bruce Miller in the auditorium of the Archives and History/State Library Building at 109 E. Jones Street in Raleigh on Saturday, August 12th at 11:00 a.m. The authors will discuss the history, love and life of Historic Oakwood Cemetery. 

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 to politicians to educators and clergy, from merchants and craftsmen to social activist and laborers--now rest in Oakwood, memorialized in monuments that grace this lovely garden cemetery. 

The Oakwood Second Line Band will make a special appearance and play several New Orleans second line favorites. The Second Line band was created in Oakwood cemetery after a friend's funeral in 2011. This is an example of how Historic Oakwood Cemetery is a cemetery full of life.

Bruce Miller, a former independent school instructor/administrator, holds an AB and MA degree in history from Dartmouth College and the University of North Carolina. Bruce is a cemetery tour guide and the author of Oakwood to Oakwood Volume I and II (2015 and 2017), biographies of those interred in the cemetery who lived in the contiguous district of historic homes, where he resides.

Robin Simonton, Executive Director of Oakwood Cemetery since November, 2011, holds a BA in U.S. history from the University of Hawaii and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. Robin served as researcher for Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground & Historic Site (1997) and wrote a case study for Cemetery Tours and Programming: A Guide (2016).

Immediately following the program, there will be a book signing in the lobby. Copies of Historic Oakwood Cemetery will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public. For more information please contact the State Library of North Carolina, (919)807-7450 or SLNC.reference@ncdcr.gov.



Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 11:00 a.m.
109 E. Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27604
United States