Filed Under African American

Oberlin Cemetery

Oberlin Cemetery is a 3-acre site within the Oberlin community, once a thriving African American village located on Raleigh's outskirts. According to oral tradition, the cemetery originally acted as a slave burial ground. As Oberlin grew through the late 1800s and early 1900s, the cemetery became the final resting place for several community pioneers and their children. Skilled stonecutters crafted many of the cemetery's 145 monuments. Oberlin cemetery remained active until 1971 when it reached capacity. Today it is one of four African American cemeteries in Raleigh and remains a visible testament to the city's largest freedman's community.

Date: 1873-1971

Images

Oberlin Cemetery, 2010
Oberlin Cemetery, 2010 Image courtesy of A. Neifeld, Capital City Camera Club.
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013
Oberlin Cemetery, 2013 Image courtesy of D. Strevel, Capital City Camera Club.

Location

1014 Oberlin Road

Metadata

RHDC, “Oberlin Cemetery,” Raleigh Historic, accessed May 30, 2024, https://raleighhistoric.org/items/show/42.