Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide by David MooreAtlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide by David Moore

Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and Guide

byDavid Moore, Helen Davis, Ren Davis

Paperback | June 25, 2012

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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 more 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.

Ren Davis is a native Atlantan whose travel writing and photography have appeared in such places as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Georgia Magazine, and Atlanta Magazine. Helen Davis taught for nearly thirty years in Atlanta public and private schools. The Davises are coauthors of several books including Georgia Walks and Atlanta Wa...
Title:Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery: An Illustrated History and GuideFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 10.05 × 8.25 × 0.7 inPublished:June 25, 2012Publisher:University Of Georgia PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0820343137

ISBN - 13:9780820343136


Table of Contents

Preface ix
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction, by Timothy J. Crimmins xiii

From Atlanta Cemetery to Historic Oakland: A Short History 1

Historic Oakland and the Elements of the Rural Garden
Cemetery Movement 39

Exploring Oakland Cemetery: A Tour by Sections 55
Original Six Acres 59
Knit Mill 75
Bell Tower Ridge 87
Confederate Memorial Grounds 105
Child Square, Jewish Flat, and Jewish Hill 119
Rogers Hill 131
Potters' Field 143
African American Grounds 149
Hogpen Corner and Greenhouse Valley 161

A Gathering Place: Oakland Cemetery's Vital Role in the
Atlanta Community 173

A. Funerary Symbols Found at Oakland Cemetery 185
B. Numerical Sections Map of Oakland Cemetery for Burial Records Research 192
C. State and City Leaders Buried at Oakland 193
D. A Selection of Oakland Cemetery's Tours and Annual Events 195

Notes 197
Selected Sources 199
Illustration Credits 201
Index 203

Editorial Reviews

In this guide to Oakland Cemetery, Ren and Helen Davis bring to life Atlanta's first landscape of remembrance, pointing out that Oakland Cemetery is a miniature version of the city of which it is a part.

- Tim Crimmins - author of Democracy Restored: A History of the Georgia State Capitol