This past weekend, we were in Atlanta for a little while – the weather was so nice and we were really in the mood to get out and walk for a while. Many people in the city go to Oakland Cemetery because it’s a huge greenspace with lovely monuments and landscaping, and a great place to picnic – lots of people there with coolers and even saw one of those big drum grills.
People leave tees and golf balls at Bobby Jones’ monument:
…and others leave coins and other mementos at Margaret Mitchell’s monument:
Part of the Confederate section – about 6900 soldiers are buried at Oakland and a little fewer than half are unknown:
Monument to “Unknown Confederate Dead” by T.M. Brady – it’s known as the ‘Lion of the Confederacy’, or the ‘Lion of Atlanta’. At the time it was the largest single piece of marble quarried in the US – the same quarry (in Tate, Georgia) supplied the marble for Lincoln’s statue at the Lincoln Memorial.
Oh…and among all the events there, close to Halloween each year they host a, ahem, “Run Like Hell” 5k as a fundraiser.