Oakland Cemetery Collection
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Oakland Cemetery Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Creator: Myers, Edward Allen
Title: Oakland Cemetery Collection
Quantity: 3.0 v.
Abstract:The collection consists of three volumes of numerical lists of burials of African American Atlanta residents in the Oakland Cemetery, organized by month, day, and year from 1850 to 1997 as well as alphabetical lists of burials, divided from A to I and from J to Z compiled by Edward Allen Myers.
Identification: aarl98-003

Biographical/Historical Note

Oakland Cemetery is an 88-acre hilly area in the southeastern section of Atlanta which contains the city's oldest extant burial grounds. The cemetery was established in 1850. A brick wall enclosing the cemetery with a pattern of brick pilasters, recessed panels and corbels was built in 1896. With 50 miles of brick streets and walkways, the grounds of the cemetery are an expression of the 19th-century landscape ideal of a cemetery-park and provide a luxuriant setting for its profusion of Victorian cemetery art.

The black section of the cemetery is on the northern end on sloping ground that looks toward the historic east-side black community. The landscape here is less crowded and the markers generally less elaborately detailed.

Oakland Cemetery is located at 248 Oakland Avenue, NE, near the intersection of Boulevard St. and Memorial Dr. where Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive ends. The main entrance is located on Oakland Street., off Memorial Avenue.

Scope and Content Note

The collection contains: One (1) Numerical list of burials, Month, Day and Year from January to December and from 1850 to 1997; One (1) Alphabetical list of burials from A to I and from the year 1850 to 1997; One (1) Alphabetical list of burials from J to Z and from the year 1850 to 1997.

Index Terms

African Americans--Death--History--19th century.
African Americans--Death--History--20th century.
Burial records.
Oakland Cemetery (Atlanta, Ga.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Item, Oakland Cemetery Collection, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System.


The Auburn Avenue Research Library, Archives Division received the Black Burial Records, Alphabetical and Numerical lists 1860-1997, from Mr. Edward Allen Myers Jr., ( Former Cemetery Manager of the Historic Oakland Cemetery) as a gift, February 16, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Okezie E. Amalaha, 1998


Restrictions on Use

This collection is available for use only on the second floor (Archives Division) of the Auburn Avenue Research Library. There are no restrictions on research use of the collection, but permission must be obtained for reproductions of materials for which the Research Library does not hold copyright to researcher only for "Fair Use" as defined in the copyright law (Title 17, United States Code). Also permission must be obtained to publish reproductions from materials for which the Research Library does hold copyright for one time used only.

Container List




11Numerical List of Burials
The booklet contains the Black section of the cemetery from January to December covering the year 1850 to 1997, arranged by Burial date (day / month/year), Surname, Given Name and Age.
2Alphabetical burials, A-I
In this booklet, burials are listed Alphabetically from A through I, by Surname, followed by Given name, Age, Block number, Lot number and Grave.
3Alphabetical burials, J-Z
This booklet provides burials list arranged also Alphabetically from J through Z, by Surname, followed by Given name, Age, Block number, Lot number and Grave.