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Confederate Mound

Oak Woods Cemetery was established in 1854—five years earlier than Rosehill and Calvary — on an area of 74 ha (183 acres) located at 1035 E. 67th Street in Chicago. The first burials took place in 1860. During the American Civil War, six thousand Confederate soldiers and prisoners of war who died at Camp Douglas were buried together in a mass grave. A monument known as the Confederate Mound was erected in their memory.

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Roland Burris site[edit | edit source]

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Roland Burris tomb in 2008

Roland Burris, the U.S. Senator appointed by Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, has constructed a tomb at 41°46′16″N 87°36′08″W / 41.77122°N 87.60215°W / 41.77122; -87.60215 in Oak Woods. The tomb has been the subject of a great deal of publicity (generally ridiculing or otherwise negative) since Burris' appointment by the indicted governor.[1][2][3] The rear portion of the large stone structure resembles a triptych, forward of which are two burial vaults on the left and right sides, with the left vault bearing Burris' name and birth date and the right vault bearing the name and birth date of Burris' wife. The central segment of the triptych includes a large inscription of the words "TRAIL BLAZER" along the top. The segments of the triptych also include lists of the accomplishments of Burris and his wife, both of whom are still living. These facts include that Burris was the first African-American to be Attorney General of Illinois, the first African-American exchange student from Southern Illinois University to the University of Hamburg, Germany, and the first non-CPA to be on the board of the Illinois CPA Society.[4]

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Cemeteries in Chicago

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Coordinates: 41°46′10″N 87°35′57″W / 41.76944°N 87.59917°W / 41.76944; -87.59917 Template:Chicago

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