Oakland Cemetery

Grid-Type Cemetery

Oakland is a fabulous example of a cemetery that was so popular during the 19th century – AND, it is largely intact. While many persons are aware of the very high style 19th century garden cemeteries such as Mount Auburn, in Cambridge Ma, most of the cemeteries that were common across the United States in the latter half of the 19th century were cemeteries analogous to Oakland Cemetery and include a grid-type layout.

In 1893, a new cemetery consisting of 70 acres, Greenwood Cemetery was opened in Shreveport. Since Oakland for all intents and purposes was ‘closed’ at that time, our community has a remarkable opportunity to preserve one of the few remaining and largely unchanged cemeteries of this type in the entire country!