Thursday, March 21, 2013

Happy Places: Historic Oakland Cemetery

 
        'OAKLAND IS ATLANTA'S MOST TANGIBLE LINK TO ITS PAST'

In a  attempt to raise awareness and rally support for Oakland Cemetery, the organization has started a new social media initiative, the Oakland Ambassador Program. Bloggers were invited to a special tour, where they learned about the history of the cemetery, volunteer opportunities, upcoming special events, restoration efforts, and the creation of a new iphone app, that lets guests enjoy free audio tours. 
 

For one year, Oakland Ambassadors will have the opportunity to attend special events and tours without cost and share their experiences to their readers via social media.
 

Oakland Cemetery is the oldest cemetery, as well as one of the largest green spaces, in Atlanta. Founded as "Atlanta Cemetery" in 1850 this 48 acres of land southeast of the city, was renamed in 1872 to reflect the large number of oak and magnolia trees growing in the area. 


 

The Historic Oakland Foundation partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance, and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city. 


 

Oakland Cemetery is full of symbolism, amazing stories, and wonderful volunteers. It has been featured in important news outlets like the Saporta Report, the Wall Street JournalNew York Times, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation


 

Famous "residents" include Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor, golfer Robert T. (Bobby) Jones, Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone With The Wind, John Gaines, founder of Morris Brown College, Carrie Steele Logan, 19th Century founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for black children, and Joseph Jacobs who was the proprietor of the soda fountain where Coca-Cola was first served in 1886.

 

If you are into  history, interested in preservation and love old cemeteries then consider joining Oakland's volunteer corps. You can help run the gift shop, take  care of the landscape, assist during special events, or give visitors a tour. Volunteers play a vital role in the preservation, restoration, beautification, and promotion of the cemetery.


We are very excited to be able to give you an inside look this year and I can't wait to take my family for their 2013 special events:  

  • Halloween Tours (Click link for more details.) October 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 and 27, 2013. Tickets for the 2013 Halloween Tours will go on sale July 15, 2013.         

Oakland Cemetery is located at 248 Oakland Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30312. To learn more about  volunteer opportunities, becoming a sponsor, or taking a guided tour, please visit: http://www.oaklandcemetery.com



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