Historic Jewish Atlanta Tour- Oakland Cemetery 2024
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Historic Jewish Atlanta Tour- Oakland Cemetery 2024

Historic Jewish Atlanta Tour- Oakland Cemetery
Apr 28 2024 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Historic Jewish Atlanta Tour- Oakland Cemetery


Experience History at its Source!

Join us for a tour of the Historic Oakland Cemetery with our tour guide Dr. Marni Davis

WHEN: APR 28 | Meet at 10 AM Tour 10:15-11:30 

COST: $18 for members | $25 non-members

Space is limited registration is required.

Dress appropriately for the weather & wear comfy shoes. Bring hats, sunscreen or an umbrella.

Register Here!

Meet inside the main gate on Oakland Ave. SE (where MLK Jr. Dr. SE ends) - MAP

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.

Plunge into the history of Jewish Atlanta as we explore Historic Oakland Cemetery. Amidst Victorian gardens and marble and granite sculptures, we will walk through the history, burial customs, and symbolism found throughout the Jewish grounds of this powerful city landmark. Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 70,000 people, including many of Atlanta’s most notable citizens. It is also home to three separate Jewish burial sections – including the second oldest Jewish burial ground in Georgia. Come enjoy a stroll around one of Atlanta’s most beautiful public parks, while we discuss some fascinating stories of the individual lives and religious organizations that enabled the city’s Jewish community to persist and flourish.

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.

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