African American History Tours

Event Date:

Monday, January 16 — Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

On Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and throughout February, Historic Oakland Foundation and the City of Atlanta will host free guided African American History walking tours at Oakland Cemetery.

All tours are currently at capacity.  To be added to the waiting list, or if you registered for a tour and can no longer attend, please contact Marcy Breffle at mbreffle@oaklandcemetery.com or (404) 688-2107 so those on the waiting list can attend.

As Historic Oakland Foundation is fundraising to restore the African American Grounds in 2017, donations are greatly appreciated and will be designated specifically for this restoration project.

Hour-long tours begin at Oakland Cemetery’s Bell Tower, and will be offered on:

  • Monday, January 16, at 1:30 p.m. – AT CAPACITY*
  • Thursday, February 9 at 1:30 p.m. – AT CAPACITY*
  • Saturday, February 18 at 1:30 p.m. – AT CAPACITY*
  • Tuesday, February 21 at 1:30 p.m. – AT CAPACITY*
  • Sunday, February 26 at 1:30 p.m. – AT CAPACITY*

*Each tour has limited capacity, capped at 70 attendees. 

Stops along the tour include the final resting place of some of Atlanta’s black history pioneers, including Carrie Steele Logan, founder of Atlanta’s first orphanage for African American children; William Finch, one of Atlanta’s first African American city councilmen; Bishop John W. Gaines and Julia A. Gaines, pastor and First Lady of Big Bethel A.M.E. Church; and Maynard Jackson, Atlanta’s first African American mayor.

For directions to Oakland Cemetery, please click here.


There are other ways to explore Oakland Cemetery’s African American history, all year long!

  • Visit our historic burial grounds virtually with Oakland’s official mobile app, available for download in the App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Take our self-guided “African American Voices” cell phone tour
  • Historic Oakland Foundation wants to connect with descendants of the thousands of African Americans buried at Oakland Cemetery, and in a larger sense inform the community about this tremendous historic asset. If you are a descendant, please take a moment to share your connects with us, using this short online form.