All Together Here Monument Dedication and Memorial Event
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Oakwood Cemetery Chapel presented All Together Here Friday, May 19 through Sunday, May 21, 2023, at Oakwood Cemetery. The event was a public memorial and monument dedication that honored the 36 people recently reinterred in Oakwood Cemetery.
In 2016, during the rehabilitation of the Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, archaeologists monitoring construction discovered the remains of 36 men, women, and children beneath the footprint of the Chapel. Construction was halted and thus began the journey of confronting injustice and gaining insight into the lives of the people who were discovered.
Since then, with help from nationally renowned archaeologists, anthropologists, historians, community activists, and City staff, we have hosted several community events in honor of those found in 2016. “All Together Here” was the grand finale in this series of tributes.
The weekend events included:
- Guided tours of the Historic Colored Grounds and the Oakwood Chapel
- Talk by a historian
- Racial healing circle
- Dedication of the monuments
- Walking procession
- Homegoing celebration
To learn more about the history of Oakwood Chapel Cemetery visit oakwoodsymposium.org.