Here are the answers to Scout Search Hunt 1:
1. Elephants: Ollivette Eugenia Smith Allison was the fourth director and a former resident of the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, an orphanage in Atlanta. She loved elephants. In the wild, adult elephants will work together to raise calves and orphaned young.
2. National Congress Parents-Teachers Association: In 1911, Selena Sloan Butler started the nation’s first Black parent-teacher association (PTA) at Atlanta’s Yonge Street Elementary School. 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. Selena Sloan Butler is a Georgia Woman of Achievement.
3. Jessie Murphy Wartman; February 4, 1894: Jessie Wartman established the School of Musical Arts on Auburn Avenue and trained many of the city’s African American musicians, music teachers, and band directors. She directed the Atlanta City Orchestra, which she started in 1921. In 1927, she was appointed supervisor of music for Atlanta’s African American elementary schools, and later also supervised junior and senior high students. She introduced the first elementary school bands, and in 1933, she established the annual Atlanta Schools Music Festival, which featured a city-wide chorus of 1000 students, an annual event for 25 years.
4. Pillows: In the Victorian era, “cemetery” meant “sleeping place”— a more pleasant term than “graveyard” or “burial ground.” Victorians preferred to view death as eternal sleep. Many markers resemble beds or cradles. Some, like the markers in the Slater lot, look like pillows.
5. Carrie Berry Crumley: Carrie Berry was 10 years old during the siege of Atlanta in 1864. She kept a diary that is still used by historians to show a child’s experience of the Civil War.
6. Marthasville: When Atlanta was founded in 1837, it was called “Terminus.” When it was incorporated in 1843, former Governor Wilson Lumpkin declined the honor of having the city named after him, so the founders chose to name it “Marthasville” after his 16-year-old daughter. In 1845, the city’s name was changed again—this time to “Atlanta.”
7. Ella Wheeler Wilcox: Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850 –1919) was an American author and poet. Her poem, “Will” was one of Mayor Maynard Jackson’s favorites.
8. Mayor Maynard Jackson: Mayor Jackson was the first African American mayor of Atlanta and the 26th mayor to be buried here. In his 3 terms (1974-1982; 1990-1994), he helped to bring the 1996 Olympics to Atlanta and was involved in the expansion of Atlanta’s airport, which was renamed “Hartsfield-Jackson” after his death.
9. Atlanta Woman’s Club: The Atlanta Woman’s Club is one of oldest non-profit woman’s organizations in Atlanta. Rebecca Douglas Lowe, an Oakland resident, founded the club on November 11, 1895. Constructed in 1908, the Women’s Comfort Station served as a bathroom and place of shelter during extreme weather. Damage and neglect left the building in critical condition. The Foundation completed restoration in 2019 and the building now houses revolving exhibits on Oakland history.
10. The Kadish Lodge: The Kadish Lodge was an organization established in 1896 that provided its members with help when they were sick and free burial plots.
11. Rhoda Kaufman: Rhoda Kaufman was one of Georgia’s most prominent and vocal activists during the Progressive Era. She became the Executive Secretary of the Georgia Board of Public Welfare (GBPW) in the 1920s.
12. C: Hebe is the goddess of youth and she is the daughter of Zeus and Hera. We’re not sure what happened to all her limbs!
Earn an Oakland Cemetery fun patch when you complete the Scout Search. The patches are available for purchase in the Oakland Cemetery Museum Store. All proceeds benefit the restoration of Oakland Cemetery.