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Georgia Center for
Civic Engagement
Historic Oakland Cemetery
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Enjoy a trip into Atlanta's history with a walk on miles of park trails filled with dazzling natural scenery and beautiful art and architecture less than a mile from the heart of downtown. Founded in 1850, Oakland Cemetery is the final resting place for many of the city's settlers, builders, and most noted citizens like Bobby Jones, Margaret Mitchell, and Maynard Jackson. Being a showplace of historic art and architecture and a botanical preserve with ancient magnolias and oaks, there are beautiful vistas at every turn. From a hilltop in Oakland Cemetery nearly 150 years ago, General John B. Hood watched the Battle of Atlanta. Today, look out from that same point at the skyline view, and you will begin to understand the people who came together to make Atlanta what it is today.Spend an hour or a day exploring Oakland on your own or with a knowledgeable tour guide. Walk through the gates of Oakland and connect to the men and women who laid the foundation for today's Atlanta.