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Oberlin Cemetery Cleanup – September 19


The Friends of Oberlin Village invite the community to join them in the effort to protect and preserve Oberlin Cemetery, an historic African American burial place. The next Oberlin Cemetery Community Clean Up will be held on Saturday, September 19 from 9:00 a.m. until 12 noon at the site, which is located at 1014 Oberlin Road.

By clearing underbrush and removing fallen tree limbs, Friends of Oberlin Village are revealing grave markers and making the burial ground accessible for a future forensic survey to locate unmarked graves and map the area. Participants should come dressed for yard work and debris removal, wearing long sleeved shirts, closed-toe shoes and work gloves. Tools such as wheelbarrows, small wagons, chain saws, weed trimmers and pruners are needed to assist with the clean-up. This is a great opportunity for those who need community service hours.

About Oberlin Cemetery

Designated as an official historic landmark in February of 2013, Oberlin Cemetery is located in the heart of Oberlin Village in Raleigh and is the burial site of some of the most prominent members of the African American community. There are believed to be over 600 graves there, some still marked by gravestones and ornate markers. The Friends of Oberlin Village is the grassroots community organization committed to preserving these grounds and recording the legacies of the persons laid to rest there. The group offers a way for the community to come together and help preserve the memory of this historic location and protect a key landmark in the history of Raleigh and the state of North Carolina.

Established in 1873, Oberlin Cemetery served as a final resting place for people who by law could not be buried anywhere else. There are freed black doctors, lawyers, artisans, teachers, ministers, pillars of the community and even a Buffalo Soldier buried there, truly heroes of Raleigh and this country as well. Walking through the grounds is like turning through the pages of Raleigh history.

About Friends of Oberlin Village

The Friends of Oberlin Village recognize that if this cemetery is not preserved, a significant section of history will be forever lost. They have spearheaded some upgrades on the property and also plan to sponsor thermal scanning to identify and quantify each grave, create a map, and determine vital statistics of the deceased.

In addition to the cemetery clean-ups, the Friends of Oberlin Village actively collect donations to assist with the costs of this preservation effort. Please consider sending a donation. Checks should be made payable to Friends of Oberlin Village and mailed to: Wilson Temple UMC, 1023 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, NC 27605.

For more information on the Oberlin Cemetery Community Clean Up, please see their website or contact Sabrina Goode at 336-416-1895 or via e-mail at

For more information on Oberlin Cemetery and Friends of Oberlin Village, please visit their website at, like them on Facebook at, or contact Sabrina Goode at

Oberlin Cemetery Cleanup July 11

 Helpers needed, tarps too, for Oberlin Cemetery July 11

NCSU students help haul brush from the historic Oberlin Cemetery last spring.
NCSU students help haul brush from the historic Oberlin Cemetery last spring.

The Friends of Oberlin are looking for volunteers  Saturday, July 11 from 9 to 11 am to help clean out brush and debris from the cemetery. The reason: the grounds need to be as clear as possible for a forensic scan aimed at identifying gravesites.
Participants are advised to wear closed-toe shoes, gloves and long sleeves. (Yes, it’s July, and it will be hot). Also needed: tarps to move the debris out of the cemetery.
Cold water and snacks will be provided.

UPHA Events Survey

Our second survey for 2015 is short and to the point – what sort of neighborhood events do you attend and what would you like to see?

UPHA Events Survey at Survey Monkey…

We’d like to get the feedback in quickly, so the survey will only be open for 12 days – we’ll send a reminder a couple of days before we close it on 15 June 2015.

Link to the Survey >

Thanks and we look forward to sharing the results here on the UPHA site!

Oberlin Village Pig Pickin’ – May 23rd

Oberlin Village Pig Pickin’ May 23rd
from 5-8 PM

Come down to the Historic Oberlin Cemetery at 1014 Oberlin Road (park behind the Interact Building) to enjoy live music from four bands ranging from jazz to folk rock. Bring your chair or blanket and get ready to relax or dance.

Pig Pickin' - Pig Graphic

All proceeds will go towards a survey of the graves and the purchase of a historic marker that celebrates the contributions
of Historic Oberlin Village.

If you can not attend, please consider mailing a donation made payable to Wilson Temple United Methodist Church (in the memo section please write Friends of Oberlin)  to 1023 Oberlin Road, Raleigh N.C. 27605.

For more info contact Sabrina Goode at (336) 416-1895 or visit our website at

 Download the Official Flyer as a PDF

UPHA Development Survey Results

The results of UPHA’s comprehensive survey of community opinions on a variety of growth-related issues are in!  The on-line poll elicited 158 responses. They paint a complex and sometimes contradictory picture of neighborhood attitudes on some subjects, such as transit and parking, but on others, such as building height,  community opinion was clear and consistent; smaller is better.

Approximately 80% of respondents favored limiting the height of new construction near single-family homes to three stories or less. Seventy-six percent of respondents also gave a resounding thumbs-down to single structures with one long façade, preferring structures built in increments for a less monolithic appearance.   On questions regarding the pace of growth in the area, respondents were almost evenly divided between those who are satisfied with the current pace (48%) and those who think growth is too fast or too much (49%). Less than 3% desired more growth.

UPHA president Chris Herndon commented, “We had a 50% response rate from our membership and another 30-plus surveys answered by non-member residents of University Park. Nearly 20% of the residents gave us specific feedback in the comments sections. Once again, UPHA members have stepped up and spoken out. We should all be proud of the fact that our neighborhood is engaged as much as it is, and that the membership of UPHA wants to be heard when it comes to future development in our community.”

Survey results will be made available to the city’s planners and decision-makers. To see the see the complete results, click here:

Annual UPHA Easter Egg Hunt!

Everyone in the neighborhood is invited to the UPHA Easter Egg Hunt at Pollock Place Park Saturday March 28, 2015, 10am-11:30am.

Bring a dozen plastic eggs filled with wrapped candy to hide and a treat to share. The Easter Bunny will be there for photos and to play with children.

The event is open to all children in the neighborhood.


Oberlin Cemetery Gets Spring Cleaning

Entrance to Oberlin Cemetery

Entrance to Oberlin Cemetery

A group of NCSU students, members of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, joined Friends of Oberlin Cemetery March 28 in the annual spring cleaning of the neighborhood’s historic burial ground.

PNCSU students help haul brush from the historic Oberlin Cemetery.

NCSU students help haul brush from the historic Oberlin Cemetery.

Participants hauled out a huge pile of brush and fallen limbs from the  reconstruction-era cemetery,

Designated as a City of Raleigh historic landmark in February, 2013, Oberlin Cemetery is located in the heart of Oberlin Village and is the burial site of some of the most prominent members of the African American community. There are believed to be over 600 graves, some still marked by gravestones and ornate monuments.

For more information on Oberlin Cemetery and the Friends of Oberlin Village, please visit their website at, like them on Facebook at, or contact Sabrina Goode at


UP annual meet
Council member Russ Stephenson talks to UPHA members at the annual meeting.

UPHA members elected new officers and discussed plans for the coming year at the organization’s annual meeting February 9.
On a cold and rainy night, the gathered neighbors dug into a tasty selection of fresh-made sandwiches and home-style cookies from Groucho’s, then heard from city council members Russ Stephenson (at large) and Kay Crowder (District D) about issues to watch in the coming year. UPHA’s board members made presentations on area planning and growth issues, finances, the dynamic new face of our website, and upcoming projects like the Easter egg hunt, July 4th parade, and Halloween party.

The new slate of UPHA officers elected were:

President: Chris Herndon (Pogue St.)
Secretary: Suzanne Frederick (Rosedale Ave.)
Treasurer: David Novak (Cherry Ln.)
VP for Real Estate: Greg Flynn (Barmettler St.)
VP for Communications: Randy Carter (Clark Ave.)
VP for Community Development: Karen Ryden (Tallon Hall Ct.)
At Large: Bill Hamilton (Barmettler St.)
At Large: Bailey Tucker (Furches St.)
At large: Ann Sides (Roberts St.)
Outgoing president Sallie Ricks (Rosedale Ave.) remains on the board for one year as past president

A raffle of donated prizes from friends and supporters provided an opportunity for almost everybody to win something.

Green Chair Project Needs Your Surplus Furniture and Household Goods


Now’s the Time to Donate Your Gently-Used Household Goods

The Green Chair is an organization that helps folks with limited financial means to furnish their homes and apartments. On March 28, the Wade Avenue CAC will organize a neighborhood collection of gently-used furniture and household goods to benefit the Green Chair project. Pickups will be scheduled throughout the Wade CAC area, including University Park.

It’s almost time for spring cleaning! Look through your attics, garages and basements and start collecting your donations. More information will be available soon on arranging pickups. The website is: The e-mail address is

Area Planning Workshop Attracts 100 Participants

“Revisioning” the Neighborhood

UP"s allie Rick (right and Clodagh B asgtian (standing, center) watch as Cameron Park resident George Chapman makes notes on the map during a table-top exercise.
UP’s Sallie Ricks (right) and Clodagh Bastian (standing, center) watch as Cameron Park resident George Chapman makes notes on the map during a table-top exercise.

Approximately 100 people from University Park, Cameron Park,  NCSU, and the the Hillsborough Street district shared ideas and debated solutions at a community planning workshop March 31 at the Talley Student Union. The workshop, or “charette,” was part of the Cameron Village-Hillsborough Street Small Area “revisioning” project. The purpose of the revisioning effort is to review and update long-term plans for the Cameron Village-Hillsborough Street area.

Participants were divided into 12 groups gathered around tables with maps of the area.  Guided by facilitators, the tables –with their mix of residents from the three neighborhoods, business owners, and students– reviewed  and made recommendations regarding issues such as green space, density, parking, zoning, building height and configuration, sidewalks,  and transportation.

The March 31 event was followed by another session on April 1 to review the results of the charette.   The next phase is planned for June, when a preliminary report is expected to be presented. In the meantime, planners said they expect to launch further on-line questionnaires to get more detailed feedback from the community. The “revisioning” project  events are organized by the City of Raleigh planning department and conducted by an urban planning firm.

The project is intended to guide planners and the city government as they address rapid growth and development  in the area, which includes much of University Park. An earlier charette, held in February, addressed the area around Oberlin Road and Cameron Village .