Loading...
 

5 cemeteries where you can explore Atlanta's Southern Gothic history

Explore the history and mystery of these cultural landmark cemeteries.

Marietta Cemetery Magnum
Photo credit: Joeff Davis

Pop culture has given cemeteries a bad rap. But the horrific anxiety only reflects how misunderstood death is by the living. We should follow the lead of indigenous Americans, who considered burial grounds sacred space — more spiritual than spooky. If you’re looking to commune with eternity there’s no better place to do it. Especially in Atlanta, where our grandest cemeteries double as haunts for immersive arts events and the historic gravesites of inspiring icons — from Old South storytellers Margaret Mitchell and Joel Chandler Harris to New South architects Henry Grady and Martin Luther King Jr. In a city known for disavowing its history, this is one place not even Atlanta can turn its back on. Plus, there’s nothing like losing yourself among craggy old tombstones etched with the names of the dispossessed to get your groove back.

Business

The 58-acre cemetery located just off Decatur's town square is the oldest known publicly owned burial ground in metro Atlanta. With more than 20,000 grave sites, it's even thought to pre-date Decatur's 1823 incorporation. The gazebo, built in 1881, has recently been restored. The Decatur Preservatio... | more...

Business

Located on 23 acres, the national cemetery was established in 1866 to provide a resting place for more than 10,000 Union soldiers killed during Sherman's Atlanta Campaign. Today, it holds nearly 18,000 graves. | more...

Business

This strip of destinations along Auburn Avenue provides a variety of ways to learn about the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and legacy. At the birth home, tour guides give insights into King's younger years and the discipline that led to his success as a speaker and scholar. At the King Center, ... | more...

Business

Atlanta's most historic and picturesque cemetery holds the remains of Margaret Mitchell, Bobby Jones, once-enslaved individuals, and nearly 7,000 Confederate soldiers. | more...

Business

By far the city's largest, this sprawling cemetery dates back to 1884 and contains tombs for such notables as Joel Chandler Harris, Henry Grady, and Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler. Tidier and more orderly than Oakland, Westview is marked by stunning architecture, from its medieval-looking entrance to... | more...

 



More By This Writer

Article

Monday October 28, 2019 10:23 am EDT



Podcaster Mehka King has recorded more than 200 episodes of his podcast series "Cash Color Cannabis." On this episode of "Friends in High Places," King takes the other side of the mic and discusses the start of his show and how it's grown to include several cannabis activists and hip hop recording stars. You can listen and watch "Cash Color Cannabis" on Live Hip Hop Daily, with a live...

| more...

Article

Friday October 4, 2019 12:00 pm EDT

Forget the wine pairings, Hi-Five Supper Club brings the weed pairings.

Ever wonder what it'd be like to eat fine dining, in an intimate setting, with cannabis-infused nourishments? Now you can, Atlanta, but it's still off the record. This episode interviews the duo behind Hi-Five Supper Club, an underground event company thoughtfully curating dinners and events using THC. Think Vice's "Bong...

| more...

Article

Thursday April 11, 2019 12:46 pm EDT
Atlanta Headlines April 11, 2019 | more...

Article

Friday December 14, 2018 05:55 pm EST
No description provided | more...

Article

Friday November 2, 2018 10:06 am EDT
"Connect" | more...
Search for more by