Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide

Atlanta s Oakland Cemetery An Illustrated History and Guide In Atlanta and Environs historian Franklin M Garrett wrote that Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta s most tangible link between the past and the present Within its forty eight acres are than seventy thousan

  • Title: Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide
  • Author: Ren Davis Helen Davis Timothy J. Crimmins
  • ISBN: 9780820343136
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Paperback
  • In Atlanta and Environs, historian Franklin M Garrett wrote that Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta s most tangible link between the past and the present Within its forty eight acres are than seventy thousand personal stories of settlers and immigrants who forged a city from a rowdy railroad camp, former slaves who carved out lives in a segregated world, soldiers in blueIn Atlanta and Environs, historian Franklin M Garrett wrote that Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta s most tangible link between the past and the present Within its forty eight acres are than seventy thousand personal stories of settlers and immigrants who forged a city from a rowdy railroad camp, former slaves who carved out lives in a segregated world, soldiers in blue and gray who were cut down in a brutal civil war, and civic and business visionaries who rebuilt the Phoenix City from the ashes of war and carried it to prominence on the international stage.Today, Atlanta s oldest public cemetery remains a must see destination for anyone interested in the city s colorful story Past the grieving mien of the Lion of Atlanta, which guards nearly three thousand unknown Confederate soldiers, visitors can pay respect to those who made Atlanta history former slave Carrie Steele Logan, who founded the first orphanage for African American children Joseph Jacobs, owner of the pharmacy where Coca Cola was first served as a fountain drink Morris and Emanuel Rich, founders of the storied Rich s Department Stores golfing Grand Slam legend Bobby Jones Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell Maynard Jackson, the city s first African American mayor, and many others Aside from its importance as a historic site, Oakland is among the nation s finest examples of a rural garden cemetery, characteristic of the nineteenth century movement to transform stark burial grounds into pastoral landscapes for both the repose of the dead and the enjoyment of the living.With Ren and Helen Davis s engaging narrative, rich photography, archival images, and detailed maps, Atlanta s Oakland Cemetery is a versatile guide for touring the cemetery s landscape of remembrance, as well as a unique way to explore Atlanta s history.A Friends Fund Publication Published in association with the Historic Oakland Foundation.

    One thought on “Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide”

    1. Wonderful images, excellent urban history, and a real treat for any admirer of funerary art. There's always something "new" to discover at Oakland Cemetery, and the preservation foundation puts on events all year long. Don't forget to cap off your visit with a drink and meal at Six Feet Under across the street. By far the best fried okra in town (not mushy!).

    2. A good overview of Oakland Cemetery and the history there. Some parts seemed a bit glossed over, but this is a great view if the cemetery as a whole and a great place to start for anyone interested in Oakland.

    3. Beautiful overview of this garden cemetery. Too many stories to include, but the authors do a great job at hitting the high notes.

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