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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…

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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…

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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.”…

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Summer Tree Walk

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Stroll with us through Oakland’s amazing arboretum and learn from knowledgeable guides about some of our favorite trees! Did you know that Oakland is home to more than 1,600 trees, from majestic oaks to mighty magnolias, to demure crape myrtles and dogwoods? Oakland’s trees feed and shelter wildlife, help reduce air pollution and provide welcome…

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Oakland’s Music Makers

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover the stories of prodigies, bandmasters, a dance club DJ, a beloved family songbird, and more on this musically-inclined tour! From spiritual songwriters to country legends, Oakland Cemetery’s musical roots are deep and far-reaching. This tour spotlights noted Atlanta musicians buried here and examines how some of the cemetery’s architecture tunes into musical themes. Discover…

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History, Mystery, and Mayhem

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover stories that defy explanation during this 75-minute guided tour of Oakland Cemetery! With more than 70,000 souls interred in its hallowed grounds, it’s no mystery that Oakland Cemetery has its share of the surreal. Hear the stories that defy explanation, from mysterious murders to tragic events that have passed into local legend. This tour…

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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…

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Pioneers of Atlanta

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus" in this 75-minute guided tour. Meet the founding sons and daughters of a town originally known as “Terminus” – farmers, politicians, saloon owners, lawyers, nurses, gunslingers, and entrepreneurs who made up Atlanta’s founding community. Hear stories of accomplishments, failures, civil strife, and…

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Recurring

Sights, Symbols, & Stories Tour

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover the history, the Victorian gardens, and the art and architecture that give Oakland its distinctive character. Oakland is an outdoor museum of Atlanta’s history with over 70,000 residents. Meet the trailblazers, builders, creators, and characters who call Oakland home. Join one of our knowledgeable and entertaining guides for a 90-minute walking tour through Atlanta’s…

Art and Architecture of Death

Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, GA

Discover how architectural and design choices made during life created a lasting and eternal legacy for many Oakland residents. People have sought to honor the memory of departed loved ones since ancient times, but the 19th century ushered in a new era of funerary art. Innovative building materials came available and styles changed to reflect…

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