Old Oakwood Cemetery - Montgomery, Alabama
Posted by: xptwo
N 32° 22.957 W 086° 17.823
16S E 566120 N 3583064
Quick Description: This marker at the entrance to the original part of Oakwood Cemetery tells the history of the city cemetery.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 12/6/2011 6:32:00 AM
Waymark Code: WMD8XT
From the beginning of the history of Montgomery, Oakwood Cemetery was the primary burial place for the city. This two-sided marker tells the story of how the cemetery was begun. There are hundreds of Civil War veterans buried here, but also many famous people from Alabama history.
Marker Name: Old Oakwood Cemetery
Marker Type: Urban
The text of the marker reads:
Old Oakwood Cemetery
The city cemetery was begun by donations of land from Andrew Dexter in 1817 and from General John Scott in 1818. Dexter and Scott had founded separate villages which combined to form Montgomery in 1819. The early part of the graveyard was known as Scott's Free Burying Ground. The cemetery was open to all of Montgomery's people. Many of the soldiers and prominent statesmen who shaped history as well as ordinary citizens, hanged felons, and unknowns rest in Old Oakwood. Nearly 140 acres in size, the cemetery has no more lots for sale.
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Oakwood Cemetery, consisting of Scott's Free Burying Ground, Plats 1,2,3, and 4, and the old Catholic and Jewish cemeteries, is filled with the history of this City, State, and area. Those who pioneered the wilderness, made the early decisions, formed our government, promulgated our laws, bore our arms when necessary, and experienced the hardships and successes of our growth rest here. Having passed the torch of progress to us, many of those who were a living and integral part of our history and heritage have at last found safe harbor in Old Oakwood.
Alabama Historical Association
Sponsored by the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce
Date Dedicated / Placed: 1994
Marker Number: Not Listed
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