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Oakwood Cemetery Improvements – Tyler, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 32° 21.200 W 095° 18.617
15S E 282596 N 3581947
Quick Description: The federal Works Progress Administration (W.P.A.) conducted improvement work at Tyler, Texas’s Oakwood Cemetery during the 1930s.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 7/9/2019 8:26:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM10Y24
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
Views: 2

Long Description:
Historic Marker

The graves of numerous Confederate soldiers, who died in the Civil War (1861-1865), are situated in a raised section east of Central Drive.

In another separate portion is the Jewish Beth-el Cemetery, where the oldest grave is that of 19-year-old Rachel Wolinsky, who died in 1884.

In 1903, additional land was acquired and the cemetery renamed Oakwood. City officials hired William A. Woldert (1885-1937) to map the grounds, locate old graves, and lay out more walkways.

Further improvements were made by WPA labor in the 1930s, when Oakwood was again enlarged. By the 1970s, the burial ground contained 19.5 acres with over 2,000 marked graves. Many of Tyler's most prominent citizens are buried here, including Judge Stockton P. Donley (1821-1871), Texas Supreme Court Justice; and Governor Richard B. Hubbard (1832-1901), who also served as U. S. Ambassador to Japan.

Project type: Other

Location: Tyler, Texas Oakwood Cemetery

City: Tyler

Condition: Good upkeep with a little wear and tear

Website for additional information: [Web Link]

Date built or created: Not listed

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