Oak Grove Cemetery

Oak Grove is the community cemetery for Method, a Raleigh neighborhood established after the Civil War outside the then-city limits by formerly enslaved people. The founding families of Method are buried near the center of the cemetery, their gravesites marked with historically significant markers: the O’Kelly, Ligon, Wilcox, and Wilder families among them. Other stones are typical of rural African American burying grounds in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including marble headstones as well as concrete markers both commercially produced and hand made. Many graves are unmarked. Oaks, pines, and cedars shade the resting places.

Dates: Ca. 1873, 1885, 1937

Images

Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021
Oak Grove Cemetery, 2021 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oak Grove Cemetery, May 1938
Oak Grove Cemetery, May 1938 Survey by Carroll L. Mann, Jr

Location

4303 Beryl Road | Accessed off of Ligon Street

Metadata

RHDC, “Oak Grove Cemetery,” Raleigh Historic, accessed February 23, 2024, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/195.