Oakland Cemetery

Cemetery News

  • Volunteers Needed

    May 26, 2015

    With much of the infrastructure now in place, we are now turning to gainfully utilize the talents of the Friends of Oakland Cemetery. The organization is up and running, and we are looking for volunteers.

  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK @ Oakland Cemetery

    November 13, 2013

    This event highlighted the grand reopening of the cemetery after a major renovation.

  • SUNDAY IN THE PARK @ Oakland Cemetery

    October 14, 2013

    Scheduled for Sunday, November 3, 2013 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

  • Effort To Rehabilitate Oakland Cemetery Has Finally Begun

    June 21, 2013

    Thanks to the citizen’s approval of a recent bond issue, our Mayor, the Shreveport City Council, the Friends of Oakland, and the Families of Oakland organizations, the effort to rehabilitate Oakland Cemetery has finally begun

  • Effort To Rehabilitate Oakland Cemetery Has Finally Begun

    June 21, 2013

    Thanks to the citizen’s approval of a recent bond issue, our Mayor, the Shreveport City Council, the Friends of Oakland, and the Families of Oakland organizations, the effort to rehabilitate Oakland Cemetery has finally begun.

  • Oakland Cemetery Board Elects New Officers

    January 15, 2013

    At its regular December board meeting the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society board of directors elected a new slate of officers.

  • Voters approve $ 150,000 for Oakland Cemetery in bond issue

    April 02, 2011

    The bond issue approved by the voters in the April2nd bond election included $150,000 for capital improvements for Oakland Cemetery. These funds will be used to obtain matching grants from private and governmental agencies and foundations.

  • Study Completed on Emergency Work and Top Priority Sites

    October 31, 2010

    Ms. Shelley Sass of Shelley Sass Conservation, Inc. completed her study and submitted recommendations regarding emergency work and top priority sites in the cemetery as they relate to monuments, headstones, etc.

  • Oakland Comes Alive All Saints Day Tour

    October 26, 2010

  • OCPS is the Process of Establishing a Geographic Information System for the Entire Cemetery

    January 13, 2010

    Board member and LSU-S professor Dr. Gary Joiner and his students are continuing the process of compiling a Geographic Information System (GIS) of the cemetery. This will eventually allow us to pinpoint each gravesite and provide a database of its occupant and any additional information about the site itself.

  • Families of Oakland Organization Wraps Up Fundraiser

    December 26, 2009

    The Families of Oakland Cemetery organization has just wrapped up a successful fundraiser to fund a study by nationally-known Conservator, Shelley Sass, to assist the board in identifying and classifying the grave stones and monuments in the cemetery.

  • CANCELLED - Oakland Cemetery Tour Event to Feature “Ladies of Oakland” on All Saints Sunday

    October 20, 2009

    Oakland Cemetery will come to life on All Saints Sunday, November 1, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m., as history students and community volunteers portray women buried in Oakland. “This year, the volunteers were predominantly female,” said Dr. Gary Joiner, who serves on the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society Board and who coordinates the tour with his wife, Marilyn. Given the number of female volunteers, this year’s event focuses on women buried in Oakland Cemetery.

  • Families of Oakland Organization is Formed

    August 26, 2009

    The Families of Oakland Cemetery organization was formed. This group will provide valuable input from the actual lot owners’ perspective of improvements they would like to see in the cemetery. Anna Maria Sparke Keele is the Chairperson for this group.

  • John Emerson Completes Master Plan Study

    July 26, 2009

    John Emerson completed his Master Plan Study, and the results may be seen on a graphic of the cemetery showing an overview of the changes to be made.

  • April 2009 Updated News

    April 30, 2009

    Click the link above to read our updated news

  • Received Report from Suzanne Turner of Suzanne Turner and Associates, Baton Rouge

    February 19, 2009

    This report presented a preservation strategy and its implications for the upcoming landscape plan. It will be used by Jon Emerson as he designs a physical plan for the cemetery.

  • Blessing of Oakland Scheduled During All Saints Sunday Event

    October 30, 2008

    Monsignor Earl Provenza will offer a blessing of historic Oakland Cemetery at 3:30 p.m. during the All Saints Sunday Tour of the cemetery. The event on Sunday, Nov. 2, will feature students and community volunteers portraying “residents” of Oakland.

  • Oakland Cemetery to Come to Life During All Saints Sunday Tour

    October 25, 2008

    Historic Oakland Cemetery, Shreveport’s oldest landmark, will come alive on All Saints Sun day as the Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society (OCPS) offers a special tour with costumed volunteers.

  • Received Report from Fran Gale, Architectural Conservator

    September 25, 2008

    This report provided a brief site description, summarized existing conditions and discussed the work needed to restore the cemetery.

  • Preservation Expert Visits Oakland

    July 10, 2008

    Fran Gale, a preservationist with extensive experience in cemetery assessment and restoration, visited Oakland Cemetery on July 7 and 8 to begin work on an assessment for this historic cemetery. During that visit she surveyed the cemetery and met with board members and historians. Her work will help provide a foundation for a restoration plan that is critical to the cemetery’s future.

  • Board Members Join Together to Preserve Historic Shreveport Cemetery

    July 01, 2008

    The Oakland Cemetery Preservation Society was reactivated at the behest of former board member, Virginia Shehee. She gathered together previous board members and others who had expressed interested in Oakland and requested that the organization be reactivated. At the meeting Hines Vaughan agreed to serve as president and the board was reconstituted, bringing with it the organization’s previous funds, held for Oakland preservation.

  • Entrance Repair Finished

    June 29, 2008

    The City of Shreveport has used grant funds to repair the entrance to Oakland Cemetery. Craftsman contractors have meticulously poured new concrete gate forms. The gates have been restored by the original manufacturer, Stewart Iron Works in Covington, Kentucky. According to city planner and OCPS board member Tim Wachtel, the grant has some remaining funds for preservations of the walls and gates. Please drive by and see the newly restored entrance!

  • Produced and Published Oakland Cemetery Web Site

    June 26, 2008

    An Web site was produced for Oakland Cemetery by Mr. James Bobbitt, who also made a generous donation to the cemetery. Its location is www.oaklandcemeteryla.org, and it will soon contain the results of Dr. Joiner’s GIS efforts