The Oakwood Cemetery is Austin’s oldest cemetery and is home to Austin’s founding population. The cemetery is divided into 4 quarters and stands near the heart of downtown Austin. The cemetery symbolizes the diverse cultures present in Austin in its founding years as it was the primary cemetery in the city for years. Oakwood cemetery also provides physical evidence of inequity in Austin when it was founded with its more affluent residents containing large statues and structures while residents of lower socioeconomic status were often buried with no headstone.
The Oakwood Cemetery Chapel currently stands to educate Austin residents of the city’s and its inhabitant’s histories. This robust set of resources can be found at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/oakwood-cemetery-chapel-resources.
Furthermore, a virtual tour of Oakwood Cemetery is available at: http://www.austintexas.gov/page/oakwood-cemetery-chapel-tours-maps
Full Interview with Jennifer Chenoweth, Museum Site Coordinator of Oakwood Cemetery Chapel is available at: https://youtu.be/hiToZDyR-LU