Buried Crafts, Founders, and Influences

Tour curated by: Yesenia Checa

Etched into stone and buried beneath earth are names representative of lives once lived. There are hundreds of names scrawled across these tombstones and surrounded by carefully kept foliage. But what have these names produced? What have these names left behind for the living? My tour is a short adventure through some of the most famous names that have found their resting place in Oakland.

Locations for Tour

Delilah L. Beasley was born on September 9th in 1871 in Cincinnati Ohio, the oldest of five children. Her work as a columnist began in 1883 where she contributed to the Cleveland Gazette and the Cincinnati, Ohio Enquirer and studied journalism under…

Andre Louis Hicks was born on July 5, 1970 in Oakland, California. He grew up in Vallejo in what is known as the Crest neighborhood. His mother described him, from an early age, as a “rampant individualist.” Hicks began to ask for keyboards,…

Douglas Tilden was born on May 1st in 1860 and became a world famous sculptor whose artworks stand in many parts of San Francisco, Berkeley, and the Bay Area. Tilden became deaf at the age of four because he had contracted a severe case of scarlet…

Malonga Casquelourd was born in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo in 1947. Even as a child he was extremely interested in dance. He became a principal dancer with the National Congolese Dance Company in his teens and began performing internationally…

Ina Donna Coolbrith, originally Josephine Donna Smith, was born March 10 of 1841 to Agnes Moulton Coolbrith and Don Carlos Smith in Nauvoo, Illinois. To escape her and her mother’s past as Mormon’s she changed her name and moved to Los Angeles…

Frank Norris was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1870 to Benjamin Norris and Gertrude Glorvina Doggett. At the age of 17 he went to London and Paris, studied art for two years, then attended University of California Berkeley for four years where he…

Jesse Fuller was born on March 12th in 1896 in Jonesboro, Georgia, near Atlanta. His early life consisted of “grazing cows for ten cents a day, working in a barrel factory, a broom factory, a rock quarry, on a railroad and a streetcar company,…

Earl Kenneth Hines. more known as Earl “Fatha” Hines was born on December 28th 1903 in Duquesne, Pennsylvania. Music was in his blood. His father played the cornet and was the leader of Pittsburgh’s Eureka Brass Band and Earl’s mother was a…

Bernard Ralph Maybeck was born on February 7th, 1862 in New York City. At the age of 30 he moved to Berkeley, California and became an instructor of engineering drawing at University of California, Berkeley and was a mentor to many California…

Anna Head was born May 6th in 1857 in Boston, Massachusetts. She moved to San Francisco in 1861 but later moved to Oakland, California. Head came from a history of education. Her father, Judge Edward Head, was a graduate of Harvard Law School and her…