Raleigh designates Oberlin Cemetery as landmark

Posted February 19, 2013 2:22 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2013 2:25 p.m. EST

— The City Council voted Tuesday to designate Oberlin Cemetery in Raleigh as a historic landmark.

The cemetery, at 1014 Oberlin Road, is historically and culturally significant as an early black cemetery in Raleigh. It was established in 1873 but may have originated as an earlier slave grave yard. The cemetery also is one of the most significant surviving historic landmarks in Oberlin Village, the largest freedmen’s village in Wake County during the Reconstruction Era.

About 600 graves are believed to be in Oberlin Cemetery, but only 145 monuments, including one zinc monument and one wood grave marker, are visible. Artistically, the monuments represent the work of professional stonecutters in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The cemetery is the 151st designated Raleigh Historic Landmark.