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First at Four: Take a spooky tour of a historic cemetery

Many who are buried at Oakdale Cemetery helped shape Wilmington's history. (Source: Oakdale Cemetery) Many who are buried at Oakdale Cemetery helped shape Wilmington's history. (Source: Oakdale Cemetery)
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) -

A flashlight tour at one cemetery is more than just a spooky outing, it's a walk through history.

Eric Kozen, the Superintendent of the Oakdale Cemetery, joined us on WECT News First at Four to talk about the upcoming event and the history of the cemetery.

“We are quite a little gem of downtown Wilmington,” Kozen said. Oakdale Cemetery dates back to 1852. It is 95 acres and is located at 520 N. 15th Street. 

Those who are buried there include veterans from all wars, mayors, congressmen, artists, writers, developers and others who have shaped Wilmington’s history.

It is the final resting place of victims of the 1852 Yellow Fever outbreak and the 1917 Spanish Flu epidemic.

The grave of David Brinkley, a journalist who was half of NBC’s Huntley-Brinkley anchor team, is also there.

The cemetery will open its gates for a flashlight tour on Saturday, July 16, at 8 p.m.

Historians will walk visitors through the cemetery and outline the history of the grounds.

More than 100 people will attend the flashlight tour.

The cost is $15 a person, which will go to preserve the cemetery.

You’re asked to bring your own flashlight.

To learn more about the cemetery, click here.

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