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Bruce Miller & Robin Simonton: Historic Oakwood Cemetery 

When: Thu., Aug. 24, 7 p.m. 2017
Price: free

Learning about the people who lived and died in a place tells us a great deal about its history. In Historic Oakwood Cemetery, a new book by Robin Simonton, the cemetery's executive director, and historian Bruce Miller, the authors excavate the biographical details of those interred in one of the area's oldest burial grounds, adding flesh to our decayed understanding of the past. The Oakwood cemetery, a self-described "cemetery full of life" where many of those who built Raleigh ended up, is particularly full of interesting people. So the book's accounting of the lives of the site's earliest permanent guests has a wealth of riches to pick from. Amid the current fever pitch surrounding Confederate symbols, exploring the stories of some from that era is a thought-provoking prospect. —David Klein

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