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Austin to memorialize people discovered at Oakwood Chapel

The city of Austin hosts public memorial events and monument dedication to honor the 36 men, women and children discovered beneath the Oakwood Chapel in 2016.

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By Jennifer Chenoweth, Museum Site Coordinator, Oakwood Cemetery Chapel, City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department

Jennifer curates the Oakwood Chapel to consider the purpose of our lives in the context of a historic cemetery.

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“Of the 20 adult individuals whose biological affinities could be determined, the findings demonstrate a likely diverse racial and ethnic representation including individuals determined to be of African, Latino, European, and Asian descents.”

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“This monument marks the unknown journeys of individuals buried in the cemetery before the construction of the chapel.”

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