Science Cafe: Cemetery Science: Exhuming the Secrets of Oakwood
For centuries, burying the dead has been a tradition of cultures around the world. But have you ever wondered what goes into the creation and maintenance of ground reserved for the interment of our fellow citizens? Join the director of Raleigh’s Historic Oakwood Cemetery to learn about the origins of Oakwood, including the reinterment of more than 700 Confederate dead, burial trends and cemetery design.
About Our Speaker
Robin Simonton has served as the Executive Director of Oakwood Cemetery for two years. She has a BA in History from the University of Hawai`i and an MA in Historical Administration from Eastern Illinois University. During her studies, Robin researched burial customs in Hawai’i and in the Amish community in Illinois, served as researcher for the book Oahu Cemetery: Burial Ground and Historic Site, and studied monument art and symbolism.
Photo by Mel Trent, ravensghost on Flickr