Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours: Oakland Cemetery
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Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours: Oakland Cemetery
Sep 22 2019 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Historic Jewish Atlanta Tours: Oakland Cemetery

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Delve into historic Jewish Atlanta with exclusive tours of some of the city's most significant sites! Join us as we explore Historic Oakland Cemetery. Amidst a backdrop of gardens, sculptures, and final resting places for many of Atlanta’s most notable citizens, explore the history, burial customs, and symbolism found throughout the Jewish Grounds of this powerful city landmark. Hear the fascinating stories of life and persistence as waves of Jewish immigrants entered and adapted to the culture of Victorian America.


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Meet at Oakland Cemetery Visitor Center at 248 Oakland Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30312

10-10:30am: Welcome and nosh
10:30-11:30: Tour

$18 for Members
$25 for Non-Members


Embark on a captivating exploration of Jewish Atlanta's rich historical tapestry within the tranquil embrace of Historic Oakland Cemetery, led by the distinguished guide, author, and educator, Marni Davis. Amidst the enchanting Victorian gardens and adorned with enduring marble and granite sculptures, our journey will immerse us in the enthralling narratives etched into this sacred ground.

Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery serves as the eternal resting place for over 70,000 individuals, including numerous prominent figures from Atlanta's illustrious past. Adding to its significance, three distinct Jewish burial sections grace these hallowed grounds, with one of them being Georgia's second-oldest Jewish burial site. As we meander through this picturesque oasis, you're invited to savor a leisurely stroll through one of Atlanta's most splendid public parks.

Throughout our serene walk, we'll unveil the compelling stories of diverse lives and religious organizations that played pivotal roles in nurturing the enduring vitality of Atlanta's Jewish community. Join us for an immersive experience that not only honors the past but also forges a profound connection to the rich heritage of Jewish Atlanta, all within the peaceful confines of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Dr. Marni Davis is an associate professor of history at Georgia State University, and an affiliate faculty member in GSU’s Urban Studies Institute. A historian of ethnicity, race, and immigration in the United States, she is the author of the book Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition, and co-editor-in-Chief of American Jewish History, the scholarly journal of the American Jewish Historical Society. Dr. Davis is currently writing a book about the history of immigration, race, and urban development in Atlanta, with a focus on Black-Jewish relations.

Visit www.oaklandcemetery.com for more details.

Note that this tour is rain or shine. Please dress weather appropriately and wear comfortable walking shoes.