Saturday Salon features Reggie Brown and his cemetery book

Published 12:00 am Friday, February 13, 2009

The Literary Bookpost Saturday Salon on Saturday, Feb. 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m., will host local author and historian Reginald W. Brown.
Brown will discuss and sign his recent local interest book, “Oakdale/Union Hill Cemetery: A History and Study of a Twentieth Century African American Cemetery.”
Brown’s revised, illustrated history is the product of a 32-month study of the burial grounds located on Union Hill in Salisbury, which contain more than 1,600 burial sites. Officially opened in 1903, the cemetery was in use prior to that date, and continued in use until 1995; the site holds the final remains of many of Salisbury’s black citizens.
The comprehensive volume includes the colonial history of the hill, a chain of title beginning in 1761, and the historical connections between the hill, Salisbury, Rowan County and Livingstone College. The bulk of the book consists of indexed burial records and a grave locating system. Photos of markers and of the deceased are included where available.
Literary Bookpost is located at 119 S. Main St., downtown Salisbury. For additional information on the Reginald Brown event or future events, call 704-630-9788 or visit