Since 1850, Oakland’s monuments and headstones have stood sentinel as the city around them has evolved from small town to urban center. They are markers of family memories, historic events, and changing cultural traditions and funerary art styles.
But, after more than a century and a half, some of our monuments and headstones are in real danger of being irreparably damaged or causing harm to visitors or other structures within the cemetery. We need to restore them while we still can.
The PRO Team will use funds raised during the Critical Restoration Campaign to restore monuments, headstones, and mausoleums identified as having immediate needs that threaten their integrity as a historic resource or the safety of visitors. Proper funding will allow them to take on more projects per year and tackle more expansive projects.