Free African American Burial Grounds Tour
June 19 @ 10:30 am - July 19 @ 11:30 pm
One event on June 19, 2021 at 1:00 pm
One event on June 19, 2021 at 4:00 pm
One event on June 20, 2021 at 10:30 am
One event on June 26, 2021 at 4:00 pm
One event on June 27, 2021 at 4:00 pm
One event on July 3, 2021 at 10:30 am
One event on July 10, 2021 at 10:30 am
One event on July 11, 2021 at 4:00 pm
Celebrate Juneteenth by joining us for a free tour of Oakland’s Cemetery’s historic African American Burial Grounds, offered eight times from June 19 through July 11
This tour will stop at the final resting places of a few Atlanta pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African American children; William Finch, one of Atlanta’s first African American city council member; Bishop Wesley John Gaines and Julia A. Gaines, pastor and First Lady of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor.
The hour-long tour begins at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower building (Visitors Center). This tour is light rain or shine. We will cancel if there is inclement weather and all registered attendees will receive an email notification. While the tour is free, donations are greatly appreciated and will be designated specifically for the ongoing restoration of the African American Burial Grounds.
The tour will also stop at an interactive art installation by artist Charmaine Minniefield. From June 19 through July 11, Flux Projects and Historic Oakland Foundation present Charmaine Minniefield’s Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives in Oakland Cemetery. The work honors the over 800 unmarked graves within the African American Burial Grounds. Participants are invited to enter the Praise House and immerse themselves in the sounds and images of a Ring Shout. The Ring Shout is a traditional African American worship and gathering practice with origins in West African rituals and ceremonies. The Praise House is a replica of the small wooden structures used as places of worship by enslaved people in the American South.
Historic Oakland Foundation is taking several precautions to make sure this is a safe and enjoyable experience.
- Tours are limited to 16 visitors.
- Masks are required to enter the Visitors Center. Vaccinated guests may remove their masks during the tour.
- Stay home if you have been exposed to COVID or are feeling sick.
Accessibility: As a historic site, not all areas of Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. The main entrance is paved with cobblestones. Both the East Gate and Memorial Drive Gate have either a step or curb. If you have any mobility issues, we encourage you to drive into Oakland and park behind the Visitors Center and Museum Store.
Reserve your free spot below or visit the ticketing page at Eventbrite.