As Atlanta’s oldest cultural site, Historic Oakland Cemetery offers a window into the city’s rich and fascinating history. Oakland is the final resting place for more than 70,000 souls, including many Atlanta founders and noted citizens of Georgia. A visit to this Victorian garden cemetery provides opportunities to start a dialogue about the historic past and create a space for learning outside the classroom.
School tours of Oakland Cemetery reflect the diverse development of Atlanta, the state, and the American South. Noted Georgians are buried next to ordinary citizens, former slaves have been laid to rest across from Confederate soldiers, and men and women transcend the social barriers of life to coexist in death. Walk through Oakland Cemetery and know what it feels like to be surrounded by history.
To request more information about our education program or to schedule a guided school tour, please contact Education Coordinator Marcy Breffle at firstname.lastname@example.org or (404) 688-2107 ex. 16.
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Field Trip Guides
Oakland Cemetery Field Trip Guides are designed to help educators create a meaningful and unforgettable learning experience at Oakland Cemetery. Each guide contains an introduction to Oakland Cemetery, trip guidelines, reflection questions, and post-visit activities. These activities and reflection questions will encourage creativity, engage critical thinking skills, and create opportunities for dialogue. The educational activities correspond to Georgia Performance Standards and Common Core State Standards.
Download the Field Trip Guide for GRADES K-5
Download the Field Trip Guide for GRADES 6-8
Download the Field Trip Guide for GRADES 9-12
Download the Teacher Guide: The Gate City Under Siege: Historic Oakland Cemetery and the Battle for Atlanta
Made available by the Historic Oakland Foundation, this educational guide explores the major events and consequences of the 1864 Atlanta Campaign, focusing on the conflict’s effects on the soldiers and civilians caught in the crossfire. A pre-visit lesson will orient students to Oakland Cemetery and introduce Carrie Berry, a cemetery resident who provides a first-hand account of the siege and occupation of Atlanta though her childhood diary. The guide includes an overview of the Atlanta Campaign, the occupation and post-war rebuilding of Atlanta, and the effect of war on the development of Oakland Cemetery. This history will come to life when students will learn about the Battle of Atlanta during a general tour of Oakland Cemetery. Post-visit activities designed to encourage creativity and engage critical thinking skills.
Download the Teacher’s Guide: Creating a Community: Learning about Atlanta’s African American History at Historic Oakland Cemetery
Created for eighth grade teachers, this educational guide examines the lives, conflicts, and contributions of the African American citizens buried at Oakland Cemetery. A pre-visit lesson will orient students to Oakland Cemetery and introduce several Oakland residents through a research activity. The guide includes an overview of the history of Atlanta’s African American community and post-visit activities.
Calling all educators! Bring your school/teacher or faculty ID and enjoy a free guided tour for you and a guest on Saturday, May 6. Tours begin at the Bell Tower at 10:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. Please check in at the Visitors Center (Bell Tower Building) prior to the tour and show your ID. Don’t forget to sign up for our Education E-newsletter to receive information and exclusive invites to educator events.