Filed Under Late Nineteenth Century
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