Art and Architecture of Death

Event Date:

Sunday, October 8 at 7:30 PM to 8:30 PM


From ancient times, people have sought to honor and perpetuate the memory of departed loved ones. In the 19th century, the development of rural, non-sectarian cemeteries like Oakland provided a setting that allowed for a diverse array of funerary tributes. Memorials reflected social status, wealth, and power. In the 19th century, an unprecedented variety of materials and architectural styles were available. Focusing on the artistic and architectural design elements of funerary monuments, this tour explores the origin and use of popular 19th century grave markers including tombs and sarcophagi, obelisks and angels, monuments of all styles, shapes, and sizes and Oakland’s magnificent mausoleums. As a microcosm of society, Oakland Cemetery reflects how the people of Atlanta lived and died. Architectural and design choices made by Atlanta’s citizens during their lives followed them to the cemetery in the art and architecture that commemorates their deaths.

Tour Prices
Adults: $12
Students: (with ID) $6
Seniors: (65 and older) $6
Historic Oakland Foundation Members: Free

Please note that not all areas of Historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please use your discretion when planning your tour visit.