A deeper exploration into Atlanta’s past should involve a trip to Oakland Cemetery. Though this final resting place was founded as a mere six acres on the outskirts of Atlanta, time caused the property to grow to a final size of 48 acres, and the slow spread of the city around Oakland has yielded a tranquil space in the center of town (more specifically, in the Grant Park neighborhood) that’s brimming with history.
Today, more than 70,000 people are interred at Oakland, comprising a complete spectrum of Atlanta life from across the decades: politicians, celebrities, captains of industry, soldiers, and representatives from every practically every community in the last century and a half can be found here. Though the last plot was sold in 1884, new burials still take place on a regular basis — many old Atlanta families have large family plots at Oakland, as does the city itself (the plot that now holds former mayor Maynard Jackson, for example, was contributed by the city).
Oakland was never intended to be a “perpetual care cemetery,” and so maintenance of the individual plots was left to the families who owned them. As a result, many areas of the cemetery were actively falling into disrepair until the 1970s, when the Historic Oakland Foundation was established. This group has dedicated its efforts to oversee the upkeep and restoration of the property; they’ve done an amazing job at making sure this piece of Atlanta is preserved for future generations.
248 Oakland Ave. SE
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