The first burial in Oaklawn Memorial Cemetery dates from the 1870s. This cemetery is a significant place for the African American community of Mobile.
Located in North Mobile, the burial ground is the final resting place for many. While the number of burials unknown, it is estimated that as many as 10,000 people are buried there.
The cemetery contains burials of veterans from all branches of the military including, the Merchant Marines, from WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf Wars. Also buried there are Purple Heart, Bronze Star, and Silver Star Recipients, as well as Buffalo Soldiers, Tuskegee Airmen, and others.
There are also significant individuals that served their community in other ways.
Recently, the cemetery was listed to Alabama’s Historic Cemetery Register and received a marker associated with that listing. However, the cemetery continues to deteriorate and needs serious care.
Currently, there is no support from the City of Mobile, it is entirely a volunteer effort. That effort needs technical and financial support. Places in Peril seeks to bring a level a statewide awareness, but also connect the volunteer effort with historic cemetery experts.
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