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Here are the answers to Girl Scout Search Hunt 2021 – Medium:

 

Named after a Civil Rights icon, what street ends at Oakland’s Front Gate?

Running east from the Chattahoochee River, Martin Luther King Jr. Drive ends at the main entrance of Oakland Cemetery.

 

When was the name “Oakland” adopted and why?

Atlanta Cemetery was renamed Oakland Cemetery in 1872 after the abundance of oak trees planted on the grounds.

 

If you are looking straight at the Front Gate, which direction are you facing?

If you are facing the Front Gate, you are looking east.

 

1. County Clare

Mary and Mary Nally both immigrated from County Clare in Ireland. The Irish were among the earliest immigrant groups to arrive in Georgia. The Nally family were members of the Hibernian Society, an organization established to help Irish immigrants find connections in Atlanta.

2. Sarah Todd Ivy

Sarah Todd Ivy and her husband, Hardy Ivy, were among the earliest pioneers to settle in the forest land that became Atlanta. Pioneer life was difficult. Women like Sarah had to run their households, raise children, and take care of farm animals on the Georgia frontier.

3. A lifetime student

Marion Pearlman attended the University of Georgia where she studied zoology. She was manager of the Mycobacteriology Lab for the Georgia Public Health Laboratory when she retired. During this time, she joined the Historic Oakland Foundation as a volunteer tour guide. Her memorial bench sits in the northeast corner of the North Public Grounds.

4. Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 –1919) was an American author and poet. Her poem, “Will,” was one of Mayor Maynard Jackson’s favorites.

5. Sage

The Sage mausoleum is the final resting place of Margaret Yale Sage. Margaret was born in 1912. Her uncle was the famous film comedian Oliver Hardy – one half of the famous duo, Laurel and Hardy. Margaret and her twin sister Mary, like many children who grew up watching silent films, aspired to become Hollywood actresses. Chaperoned by their mother, the sisters moved to California and pursued film careers. The sisters were extras in a few films but never became famous on the silver screen.

6. Lillian Roberts Deakins

Born in Atlanta on October 5, 1921, Lillian Roberts Deakins was a fifth-generation Atlantan and the first cousin of Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind. She graduated from Agnes Scott College and worked for Eastern Airlines until she married David Miller Deakins in 1945. After her wedding, Lillian devoted her time to volunteering in her community. She served as a board member of the Junior League of Atlanta, president of the Salvation Army Ladies Auxiliary, and a trustee of both the Historic Oakland Foundation and the Margaret Mitchell House. She was devoted to her friends. One of her most cherished activities was having lunch with the Friday Ladies, a group of friends who met for lunch every month. This tradition continued for 72 years.

7. February 12, 1890

Born two days before Valentine’s Day, Margaret Patterson Hoyt’s name started with an M for “Most Loved Hoyt.” After her parents died young, Margaret stepped in to raise her younger siblings. She never married and never had children of her own, but she become a grandmother to her young nieces and nephews. She taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian church and wrote two books on worship for youth. She was known for being a wonderful storyteller!

8. Dog

There are several animals buried at Oakland Cemetery. This marker is for Jody, a miniature Schnauzer who was beloved by her owner Reid Benson.

9. Dr. Helen Elizabeth Nash

Helen Nash graduated from Spelman College and wanted to become a doctor. But her father, Dr. Homer Nash, didn’t think that she had the physical stamina to get through medical school. She was only 5’1” and weighed just 92 pounds. However, her grandfather, Antoine Graves, told the family to “sell a house and send her” to Meharry Medical School. She graduated with honors and completed her medical residency at Homer G. Phillips Hospital, a segregated hospital in St. Louis where she later accepted a staff position.

Dr. Nash was the first African-American woman to join the attending staff at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in 1949; She was the first African-American woman to become president of the medical staff in 1977; She became the only woman to be among the first four African-American physicians to join the staff of Washington University School of Medicine. Since 1996, the Washington University School of Medicine has bestowed the Dr. Helen E. Nash Academic Achievement Award to a student who has exhibited to an unusual degree the qualities of industry, perseverance, determination, and enthusiasm.

10. Clara Yates Hayley

Clara Yates Hayley spent 30 years teaching Atlanta students. She first served as a  teacher at three Atlanta elementary schools. As director of Atlanta Public Schools’ Reading Center, the system’s first long-term professional development program, she helped hundreds of teachers master better methods of reading and math instruction.

11. Selena Sloan Butler

Selena Sloan Butler, a Georgia Woman of Achievement, started the nation’s first Black parent-teacher association at Atlanta’s Yonge Street Elementary in 1911. She later founded a statewide PTA in Georgia and the National Congress of Colored Parents & Teachers. After this organization merged with its white counterpart in 1970, she was named one of the founders of the National PTA.

12. How many subjects did your group write down? Our favorite school subject is history!

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