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Chicago's Historic Black Cemetery and Movies

Stroll virtually through a Chicagoland cemetery, and feel the presence of famous Black Americans interred there

About Virtual Tour



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In 1927, Burr Oak Cemetery was established as a proper burial site for thousands of African Americans who moved from the Jim Crow South to the Chicago area during the Great Migration. 

In addition to being the final resting place for many prominent Black musicians, athletes, businesswomen, and singers, Burr Oak Cemetery has been featured memorably on the silver screen.

On this live virtual tour, stroll with Chicago Movie Tours across the cemetery's grounds as we discuss the groundbreaking films Cooley High (1975) and Boyz n the Hood (1991). You'll also encounter graves of several Black celebrities and young Emmett Till.

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Virtual Tour FAQs

How Do I Watch?

Unless listed otherwise, our virtual tours take place live on Facebook. Simply visit Chicago Movie Tours' Facebook Page at the scheduled time, and click PLAY on the live video.


(You do not need a Facebook account to watch live programs.)

Can I Get a Reminder?

Yes! If you'd like an email reminder, register here for the event at least 24 hours before it begins.

Can I Watch Later?

Virtual tours may not be available after their livestream. Because some of Chicago Movie Tours' virtual events include clips that may trigger social media censors, Facebook could remove the videos after the livestream, even though the material is considered fair use.


In short: it's a good idea to watch live.

How Do I Tip?

If you'd like to make a donation or tip, you may do so either 

Your generous tips and donations—which help to cover costs of livestreaming software, archive and research memberships, on-location travel for virtual tour video footage, and more—ensure Chicago Movie Tours can continue creating free and affordable in-person and virtual events.


Thank you! 💙

Virtual Tour FAQs

What's Included

Chicago Movie Tours' virtual tours incorporate the following, when applicable, to bring the subject matter to life:

  • HD video

  • High-quality photos

  • Expertly designed animated slideshows

  • Clips and screengrabs

  • Maps (to orient you as you "travel" with us)

  • Vintage newspaper articles and ads

  • Classic movie fan magazine excerpts

  • Well-researched commentary


Additionally, we always include opportunities for audience contribution.

What's Included

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