Here are the answers to Scout Search Hunt 3:
1. Perfect, Celestial: This is a beautiful epitaph written for Alice Watson, who died young.
2. Emily MacDouglad Inman: Emily Inman fought for women’s suffrage. She participated in the activities of the Equal Suffrage Party of Georgia and entered her car into Atlanta’s first Suffrage Parade in 1913. Emily Inman and her husband Edward built the Swan House in 1928. The house and grounds were acquired by the Atlanta Historical Society in 1966 after Emily died. The house is operated as part of the Atlanta History Center and is maintained as a 1920s and 1930s historic house museum, with many of the Inmans’ original furnishings.
3. Richardson: Louise Richardson was born in 1917 in the West Peachtree Street home of her grandmother, Mrs. Hugh T. Inman. She attended Vassar College in New York and was presented to Queen Mary and Edward, Prince of Wales, at the Court of St. James in June 1935. On January 1, 1936, she was married to Ivan Allen, Jr. They had three children: Ivan Allen, III, Hugh Inman Allen, and Beaumont Allen. She was a founder of the Atlanta Speech School and a founding trustee of The Westminster Schools. She was a founding member and trustee of the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the Forward Arts Foundation, the Cherokee Garden Library, and the Historic Oakland Foundation. She was the state Historian of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Georgia. In 1967, she joined the board of trustees of the Atlanta Historical Society, and later served as chairman and chairman emeritus. When the Swan House, the home of her late uncle and aunt, Edward and Emily Inman, came on the market, she convinced the Historical Society board to purchase it and relocate its headquarters to Andrews Drive and West Paces Ferry Road. To restore and beautify the grounds, she enlisted 32 garden clubs, including her own Mimosa, to support the effort with volunteer work and financial resources. Later she was instrumental in acquiring and moving the Tullie Smith House, an 1840s farmhouse, to the History Center grounds, and led the effort to raise the money to build the Atlanta History Museum, which opened in 1993. After she declined the AHS board’s resolution naming the museum for her, it dedicated the building to her and named the museum’s atrium in her honor. While her husband Ivan was campaigning for mayor of Atlanta, she was often at his side at rallies across the city. She accompanied him the night that Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated, and helped comfort Mrs. Coretta Scott King after Mayor Allen told her that Dr. King had died in a Memphis hospital. In 1969 the city of Atlanta honored Louise Allen for civic service, naming her “Woman of the Year.”
4. Emilie Posner Haas: Hearts are common symbols found on gravestones to show love.
5. Marie Woolfolk Taylor: Marie Woolfolk Taylor was one of nine founders of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), the oldest Greek-letter organization established by African American college women. An Atlanta native, Taylor graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in 1908. She then attended the Schauffler Training School for Social Services in Cleveland, Ohio, where she was the only African American student. At Schauffler she majored in religion before returning to Atlanta to accept a position as a community assistant at First Congregational Church. She focused on providing services to women and girls in the community. The 1917 Atlanta fire destroyed a large portion of the city and its residences. Mrs. Taylor was one of two African Americans designated to assist the Red Cross in the disaster. In 1919, she married Alfred G. Taylor, an Atlanta physician, and they had one daughter, Alfred Marie. In 1923 Taylor helped to organize the Kappa Omega chapter of AKA in Atlanta and became its first leader, or “Basileus.” Her civic activities included serving on the board of directors of the Carrie Steele-Pitts Home, and membership in the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP.
6. October 7, 1965: Annie Long Rucker was the daughter of Jefferson Long, who during Reconstruction became Georgia’s first African American Congressman. Mrs. Rucker was born in Macon, Georgia, and she attended Barber-Scotia Seminary in Concord, North Carolina. She was one of the organizers of Radcliffe Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. She married Henry Allen Rucker, appointed by President McKinley as Georgia’s Collector of Internal Revenue. She is said to have received a loose cut diamond from her husband Henry at the birth of each of the eight children: Bessie, Henry, Lucy, Jefferson, Neddie, Hazel, Alice and Ann.
7. Estella Henderson: In 1919, Estelle Amelia Henderson opened an office in the Odd Fellows building on Auburn Avenue. At that time, the Associated Negro Press reported that Henderson had already been admitted to the bar in Alabama and would be the first African American woman to practice law in Georgia, after she passed the Georgia state bar exam. There is no record of her passing the Georgia bar, however she is listed in the Atlanta City Directory and the Fulton County census records as an attorney in the 1920s and 1930s. Attorney Henderson was a faculty member at Morris Brown College and served as the school’s financial agent. She published a book on race relations in 1921, “Is Washington Alive in the Life of the Negro?” Her book was endorsed by U. S. President Taft and Vice President Fairbanks.
8. Dr. Blanche Beatrice Saunders Thompson: Dr. Thompson attended Meharry Medical College and graduated with honors in 1901. She was licensed as a physician and surgeon in Georgia and Alabama. She practiced in Athens, Georgia, for many years, and was the city’s first African American female doctor, seeing both African American and white patients. She was part owner of the E. D. Harris Drugstore, the first African American owned drugstore in Athens. She moved to Knoxville to open a practice in 1909, and her second husband, Sidney James Thompson, enrolled in Knoxville Medical College. She held the chair in Physiology at the Knoxville Medical College, and she was one of his instructors. She returned to Atlanta to practice.
9. Annie and Fannie Porter: Annie and Fannie Porter died when they were very young. Child mortality was much higher in the 1800s than it is today. What factors do you think contributed to higher mortality?
10. Mayor Shirley Franklin: The 58th mayor of Atlanta, Shirley Franklin was the first woman to hold the post and the first Black woman to be elected mayor of a major Southern city.
11. Rebecca Douglas Lowe and the 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.
12. Like the ceasing of exquisite music: This beautiful epitaph comes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem, “Evangeline.”
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.