Here are the answers to the “easy” version of the 2021 Spring Scramble scavenger hunt:
The figure of Mary Lizzie Neal is missing its left arm. The Neal monument is filled with symbolism. The Victorians used symbols to say either how they felt about the recently departed or to indicate something about what that person was like when they were alive. The seated mother (Mollie) & daughter (Mary Lizzie) each hold a book. The closed book symbolizes a completed life and the open book means a heart open 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 and faith) are traditional symbols.
Resurgam is Latin and means “I shall rise again”.
3. Kennedy, Thornton, Austell
Built for Alfred Austell (1814-1881), an early Atlanta pioneer and founder of Atlanta National Bank (now Wells Fargo), the Austell Mausoleum is Oakland’s largest mausoleum and occupies the cemetery’s highest spot. The Austell Mausoleum was the cemetery’s most expensive mausoleum when it was constructed in 1883.
4. Leith, Scotland
Leith is a port area and part of the city of Edinburgh, Scotland. James Ormond immigrated to the United States and was considered a founding pioneer in Atlanta.
5. Terminal Train Station
After opening in 1905, the Terminal Train Station became one of two major train stations serving Atlanta. By the 1920s, more than 80 trains passed through the station each day. The station closed in 1970, the same year Sam Massell took office as mayor of Atlanta. Terminal Train Station was demolished two years later, and the Richard B. Russell Federal Building now stands on the site.
6. White Dogwood
This section is planted with 18 plants found at Augusta National Golf Course, the course founded by Oakland resident Bobby Jones. Each hole at Augusta National Golf Course is named after a tree or shrub. No. 11 is the White Dogwood, one of the most popular flowering trees native to the eastern United States. The flowers—which bloom in late March and early April—are followed by shiny red berries in August and colorful foliage in the fall, making it the aristocrat of flowering trees in the South.
7. February 8, 1887
Born in South Carolina in 1827, Rebecca Ann Sammons married James Dunlap before 1850. They had at least 8 children together. Rebecca Dunlap died in 1887.
The greenhouse was named in honor of the late Beaumont “Beau” Allen – son of Mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. and a longtime Historic Oakland Foundation leader. Today, the greenhouse is the site of our spring and fall plant sales.
Clyde King owned the Atlanta Plow Company, later known as the King Plow Company, which is now the site of an arts community and performing arts venue. He and his wife, Clara Belle, lived in a home at 1010 Ponce de Leon Avenue. Clara loved that house so much that she wanted to be buried in the backyard. Clyde commissioned this monument, replicating the house so that Clara could lie forever in its shadow. The house still stands on Ponce de Leon and houses the national headquarters of Alpha Delta Pi sorority.
One of Atlanta’s most prominent citizens in the late 1800s, James Warren English served as the mayor of Atlanta (1881-1883), a city council member, a school board member, the police commissioner, and a bank president. He amassed a fortune through several businesses, most notably the Chattahoochee Brick Company, which made many of the bricks used to construct Atlanta’s streets and some of its oldest neighborhoods. The Chattahoochee Brick Company used convict lease labor, a cruel system in which Southern states leased prisoners to private companies. While states profited, prisoners earned no pay and faced brutal discipline, inhumane treatment, and often deadly work conditions.
The Richards Mausoleum gargoyles have lion heads, bat wings, and talons, and are intended to frighten away evil spirits with their grotesqueness. You will find several lion doorknockers on mausoleums at Oakland. Originally from London, England, Mr. Richards was a banker—obviously a successful one.
12. Adelene Adair Field
Adelene Adair Field was the daughter of Atlanta businessman Augustus Dixon Adair (1835-1922). She has a unique epitaph, a short inscription on a gravestone. In addition to symbols, the Victorians used epitaphs to help memorialize the dead. A good epitaph can capture the essence of a personality and provide insight into a person’s life.
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