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Oak Hill Cemetery

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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.

Oak Hill Cemetery
Crying Mary
Sojourner Truth


Some of the influential Americans who are buried at the cemetery include James and Ellen White, Sojourner Truth, W.K. Kellogg  John Harvey Kellogg , C.W. Post and Bill Knapp. James and Ellen White are the co-founders of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. W.K. Kellogg is the founder of Kellogg Company. John Harvey Kellogg is the brother of W.K. Kellogg and is the founder of Postum Cereal Company (Post). Bill Knapp is the founder of Bill Knapp's family resturant. He was well known to the residents of Battle Creek.

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 1940's 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. 


255 South Avenue
Battle Creek , MI 49014
Phone Number
(269) 964-7321
Gates open 8am-dusk daily. The office is open 9:00am-4:30pm Monday-Friday. Admission free.
  • African American History
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This location was created on 2015-05-19 by Demetre Taylor .   It was last updated on 2015-05-20 by Clio Admin .

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