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Here are the answers to Scout Search Hunt 4:

1. Books: The Neal Monument is filled with symbolism. The Victorians, in memorializing their dead, used symbols to say either how they felt about the recently departed or to indicate something about what that person was like when he or she was alive. In this monument, the seated mother (Molly) & daughter (Mary Lizzie) wear flowing Greek or Roman robes. Each holds a book, likely a Bible or other religious work. The closed book denotes a completed life and the open book symbolizes a heart osen to God and the world. The laurel wreath (eternity), the palm branch (spiritual victory over death), the flame (eternal life), and the Celtic cross (eternal life; faith and redemption) are traditional symbols. Mary Lizzie died young (age 22), and her mother never recovered from her grief, dying five years later.

2. Gloria Baker Scroggins: Gloria Scroggins and her husband, Frank, have two of the most romantic gravestones at Oakland. Frank Scroggins and Gloria Baker met as neighbors in Buckhead. Frank invited Gloria to play a game of chess and she had him at checkmate in two moves. Frank was instantly smitten. The couple married in 1960 and had two children. They spent their time playing chess and other games, studying German for fun, and traveling the world.

3. A Great Citizen: Isma Dooley was one of the first female newspaper writers in Atlanta. She wrote for the Atlanta Constitution.

4. 1883: Built for Alfred Austell (1814-1881), an early Atlanta pioneer and founder of Atlanta National Bank (now Wells Fargo), this Gothic Revival style structure is Oakland’s largest mausoleum and occupies the cemetery’s highest spot. The Austell Mausoleum was the most expensive mausoleum at Oakland when it was constructed in 1883.

5. Henrietta Curtis Porter: Henrietta Curtis Porter organized the Chautauqua Circle in 1913. The Chautauqua Circle was Atlanta’s leading literary and social club for African American women. The Chautauqua Circle held monthly meetings of lectures, discussions, and cultural programs covering a range of topics including politics, civil rights, race relations, international issues, economics, education, health, art, literature, science, and religion. She was secretary of the Gate City Day Nursery Association. She served as president of the Atlanta Colored Women’s Club. She married James Reynolds Porter, a dentist.

6. Emily B. Prince: We don’t know very much about Emily Prince beyond her birthdate and date of death.

7. Physician and surgeon: 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.

8. 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.

9. Ellen Hillyer Newell Bryan: Ellen Hillyer Newell Bryan attended the Lucy Cobb Institute in Athens, Washington Seminary and Sweet Briar College. She was the widow of William Wright Bryan, the editor of the Atlanta Journal and the Cleveland Plain Dealer and later vice president of Clemson University. Ellen Bryan was active for more than 60 years in the Girl Scouts – she was commissioner of Atlanta Girl Scouts in the 1930s, elected to the National Board of Directors for many years and the first board member emeritus elected to the Northwest Georgia Girl Scout Council, which recently named a lake in her honor.

10. Hibernian Benevolent Society: The Hibernian Benevolent Society was created in 1858 as a social, cultural and economic outlet for Irish Catholic immigrants whose population increased in antebellum Atlanta due to the city’s growing economy.

11. Goodnight, fairer, morning: Ida Lee Bennett was born and raised in Atlanta, but she moved to Rome, Georgia when she married Rome businessman Charles Clarence Bass. In October 1899, Ida was expecting a baby. Charles needed to travel to Tennessee for business, so Ida’s mother and sister went to Rome to stay with her. While her husband was away, Ida went into premature labor and delivered a baby girl. She continued to have contractions and soon delivered again—this time, a stillborn son. Sadly, Ida did not survive the second delivery. Her baby girl was given the name Miriam, and though her baby boy was stillborn, he was named Edward. As the story goes, Ida’s mother blamed her absent son-in-law for Ida’s death, so she brought her daughter’s body to Atlanta and buried her in the Bennett family lot. However, Baby Edward was buried in Rome in Myrtle Hill Cemetery. Two and a half months later, Baby Miriam also died. Perhaps Mrs. Bass took charge again, because Miriam is buried in Oakland beside her mother. Ida’s husband died in 1947 and was buried at Myrtle Hill. If you go to Rome and take a tour of Myrtle Hill Cemetery, they will tell you Ida’s story. They say that every October, on the date of her death, Ida’s spirit leaves Oakland to visit the graves of her husband and Baby Edward at Myrtle Hill.

12. Coins: Margaret Mitchell Marsh (1900-1949) achieved worldwide fame for her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Gone with the Wind (1936), which has been translated into more than 40 languages and remains one of the best-selling books of all time. As a child, Margaret listened to stories told by the “old-timers” who visited with her family and later used many of these stories for Gone with the Wind. The Oscar-winning movie of Gone with the Wind premiered in Atlanta in 1939. Her lot is planted with roses; her favorite flower. Margaret Mitchell is one of seven Oakland women who are Georgia Women of Achievement. This recognition honors Georgia women who made an impact on the state and its citizens. We are not exactly sure why people place coins on her grave. It’s an Oakland mystery!

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.

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