Artwork #109

Oakwood Cemetery

by Jessica Fontenot, Council District 9

Oil, paper on Masonite, 2017

Courtesy of the Artist

For years, every morning on my commute, I saw these two beautiful oak trees, large, with their trunks’ bases right next to each other, upending the sidewalk on MLK just east of I-35, on the edge of the historic Oakwood Cemetery. One morning, while stuck at the light, I looked to my left and they were right there, gorgeous, just like brothers. I felt compelled to capture them and so I did with this painting.

To learn more about the history of the cemetery, I went to the Austin History Center and read up on this historic landmark. The history of the people buried here is the history of Austin in the 1800s and early 1900s, the immigrants, the segregation and the powerful people who shaped our city. 

*photo courtesy of Philip Rogers