Oak Hill Cemetery
Oak Hill Cemetery was established in 1844 and is the final resting place of Sojourner Truth and many other influential Americans, along with some of Battle's Creeks first settlers. It is also home to a famous statue, the Crying Mary.
Backstory and Context
Sojourner Truth is the most famous American buried at Oak Hill. She was a former slave who challenged racial and gender discrimination both before and after the Civil War. The Crying Mary statue holds a special place in the hearts of Battle Creek residents. It is said that she cries each Sunday at midnight. People have said that they have seen and felt her tears. This legend started in the 1940s and is still being told today.
Normally, a cemetery would not be a “must see" on your "to-do" list on a vacation but a historical cemetery where prominent people rest is a must see. The history that is buried here attact tourists world wide every year.