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We Shall Overcome: African American Stories from Civil War to Civil Rights

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

This 75-minute guided tour explores the lives and accomplishments of outstanding and ordinary African Americans in Atlanta.“We Shall Overcome” became the anthem of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s, but the origin of the song dates back to antebellum days and a spiritual sung by enslaved people, “No More Auction Block for Me.” This…

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The Jewish Grounds of Oakland

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Visit Oakland's three Jewish burial sections and learn about Atlanta Jewish history during this 75-minute guided tour! Oakland Cemetery is home to three Jewish burial sections, including the second oldest Jewish burial ground in Georgia. This tour examines notable residents, Jewish burial customs, and symbolism found throughout these grounds. Hear stories of adversity and triumph…

Free - $12.00

Epitaphs: The Immortality of Words

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. How would you like to be remembered? Victorians gave considerable thought to this concept. An epitaph is described as “a statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person.” Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace…

Free - $12.00

Victorian Symbolism

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

From angels to anchors, learn all about grave symbols and death culture during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! The Victorians were obsessed with death. From rules on mourning outfits to post-mortem photography, the Victorians had elaborate rituals and traditions to grieve and process death. The ornamentation and symbols found in cemeteries reflect this…

Free - $12.00

Black Magnolias

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

This guided walking tour explores the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women. Historically, many African American women worked as maids, child nurses, cooks, and laundresses—all while managing their own households. As educational opportunities became available following the Civil War and emancipation, African American women aspired to occupations beyond domestic service. Many sought…

Free - $12.00

Margaret Mitchell and Gone With the Wind

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

This tour visits the gravesites of Margaret Mitchell, Mitchell family members, and pioneers who inspired Gone with the Wind characters. Margaret Mitchell didn’t know how much of an impact she would have on popular culture when her Civil War novel, Gone With the Wind, was published in 1936. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sold more than…

Free - $12.00

The Women of Oakland

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

This 75-minute tour challenges the myth of Southern womanhood by uncovering the true social and personal histories of Atlanta’s women. Early Atlanta might have been a man’s world, but this city was built with the labor of women. From writers and domestic servants to reformers and mothers, Oakland Cemetery is home to thousands of women.…

Free - $12.00

The Jewish Grounds of Oakland

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Visit Oakland's three Jewish burial sections and learn about Atlanta Jewish history during this 75-minute guided tour! Oakland Cemetery is home to three Jewish burial sections, including the second oldest Jewish burial ground in Georgia. This tour examines notable residents, Jewish burial customs, and symbolism found throughout these grounds. Hear stories of adversity and triumph…

Free - $12.00

Fifty Ways to Die

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

From disease outbreaks to battlefield wounds to murders, this tour traces the myriad ways Oakland residents died in the 19th century. Early Atlanta was not a sleepy southern community – it had more in common with the Wild West. Life in this railroad town often ended in violence or tragedy. Diseases spread rapidly thanks to…

Free - $12.00

Epitaphs: The Immortality of Words

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace the monuments of Oakland. How would you like to be remembered? Victorians gave considerable thought to this concept. An epitaph is described as “a statement commemorating or epitomizing a deceased person.” Join us as we explore some of the fascinating epitaphs that grace…

Free - $12.00
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