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Body Snatching at Oakland Cemetery

This is the second part of Andrew Bramlett's article on grave robbing in Georgia. See part 1. The first major attempted grave robbery at Oakland Cemetery took place after hours on December 22, 1880. Oakland guards Belcher and Hunt approached…

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“Stiff” Stealers: Grave Robbing in Atlanta

The only creatures in the cemetery at midnight were the occasional bird and two mysterious men. Determined to do their job without interruption, these men carried a large bag and shovel. The purpose of their visit was obvious: they were…

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Eldren Bailey: The Story of a Cemetery Artist

Several inconspicuous headstones can be found in the African American Burial Grounds. They appear to be made of concrete and have bright white plaster fronts. Each stone contains information commonly found on grave markers, like biographical information (names, dates) and…

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The History of Juneteenth

Juneteenth, a nationally-recognized commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States, is celebrated every year on June 19. Discover the history of the holiday and how Historic Oakland Foundation honors the generations of men and women that suffered…

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Behind the Scenes: The Making of To God and Truth

To God and Truth: The Life and Legacy of Bishop Wesley John Gaines is the latest documentary production from Historic Oakland Foundation, in partnership with Morris Brown College. To celebrate the release of the film, we are sharing content and…

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