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Oak Woods Cemetery

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Oak Woods is the most significant historic cemetery of Chicago's South Side. Buried here are such renowned figures as Mayors Thompson and Washington, crime boss Big Jim Colosimo, Olympian Jesse Owens, civil rights activist Ida B. Wells, and physicist Enrico Fermi. Six thousand Confederate soldiers, prisoners of war who died at Camp Douglas, are buried together beneath a towering monument.

Oak Woods is located at 67th and Cottage Grove, not far from the lake. The cemetery was established in 1854, a full five years before Rosehill and Calvary, but no burials took place until 1860. Originally, the cemetery was beyond the city limits but conveniently close to railroad lines. Chicago annexed the area containing Oak Woods in 1890. In 1893, the World's Columbian Exposition was held only a few blocks north of Oak Woods, in what is now known as Jackson Park.

The grounds include four small lakes. "Symphony Shores", around Symphony Lake, is the most prestigious section with three mayors. Along the southern wall is Jewish Oak Woods, once under separate management but now a part of Oak Woods.

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Old Mausoleum

Black Celtic Cross

Strahorn Mausoleum

Von Degrift

Cale Cramer, Railroad Hero

Old Roman Columns

Paul Cornell

Mayor Monroe Heath





First Church of Deliverance

Mayor Harold Washington



Rev. Ryder


Mayor William Hale Thompson

Marcus A. Farwell


George A. Fuller

Jesse Owens: Olympian, 1936

Mayor James Hutchinson Woodworth

Senator Lyman Trumbull

Jennings Mausoleum

Roland Burris


Chicago Orphan Asylum

Soldiers of Illinois

Abraham Lincoln statue

Governor Charles Deneen

Mayor Eugene Sawyer


Bishop Louis Henry Ford

William Craig, US Secret Service

Camp Douglas Confederate Mound

Camp Douglas Confederate Mound

Governor John Hamilton

George Eastman

Big Jim Colosimo

"Cap" Anson: He Played The Game

Enrico Fermi: Physicist

Eddie Harris: Musician

Let Me Sleep

Into the Jewish Section

A Fox

Group Shot

Schultz: A Lion

Covered with Vines


Wolf Goldstein's Doorway

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