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The City of Atlanta and the Historic Oakland Foundation Launch New Cell Phone Tour African American Voices

Post Date:03/01/2011
The City of Atlanta and the Historic Oakland Foundation have launched African American Voices, an advanced, user-friendly cell phone tour dedicated to Atlanta’s history and heritage.

African American Voices, the first cell phone tour for Oakland Cemetery, features 12 narrative presentations of African American families interred in the cemetery’s Historic African American section. The narrative presentations will feature expert commentary that addresses the thematic significance of the individuals and their connection to local and national history. In addition to the cell phone tour, three panels have been installed on the grounds; two in the African American section and one in the area of the original Slave Square. The panels tell the story of African Americans and race relations in Atlanta and America.

“African American Voices is the first cell phone tour located in a City of Atlanta’s park system, and it promises to be a great attraction for everyone who visits Historic Oakland Cemetery,” said Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Commissioner George Dusenbury. “The City of Atlanta thanks the Historic Oakland Foundation for their commitment to enhancing the visibility of the cemetery with these innovative tours.”

“We are thrilled to offer this new and innovative tour to reach a broader audience and tell yet another park of Oakland’s history,” said David Moore, The Executive Director of Historic Oakland Foundation.

African American Voices is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Partnership-in-Scholarship Project. The new initiative involves the development of the cell phone tour, educational exhibition panels, and public preservation programming focused on the significant contributions of select African Americans and their families.

The project will become a permanent attraction and is a collaboration between Oakland Cemetery and South-view Cemetery, which is also a historic Atlanta cemetery and burial place for the veritable “who’s who” of African Americans from the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Commissioner Dusenbury, District 5 Council Member Natalyn Archibong and the Historic Oakland Foundation Executive Director David Moore officially opened the tour during a ceremony on February 28, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. at the African Americans Grounds of Oakland Cemetery.

About the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs

The City of Atlanta’s Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs (DPRCA) enhances the lives of residents and visitors by offering programs, services and activities that encourage participation in safe, affordable and enriching recreational activities, leisure services and cultural experiences. The City’s park system consists of approximately 3,754 acres (four percent of the City’s land) inside the city limits, 209 acres at Lake Allatoona and the Historic Oakland Cemetery. The parks vary from nature preserves to active city-wide green spaces. The recreational and cultural facilities vary from small recreation centers to large cultural complexes, such as the Atlanta Civic Center and the Chastain Park Amphitheater.

About Historic Oakland Cemetery

Historic Oakland Cemetery is a 48-acre Victorian-style garden cemetery founded in 1850. It is one of the largest park spaces and significant cultural sites in metro Atlanta. Among the approximately 70,000 interred at Oakland are: Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golf great Bobby Jones, a number of former Atlanta Mayors including Maynard Jackson, six former governors, the unmarked graves of paupers, Confederate and Union Soldiers, A Jewish section, and an African American section. The grounds of the cemetery are an example of the 19th-century landscape idea of a cemetery-park and provide an ideal setting for its profusion of Victorian cemetery art.

The Historic Oakland Foundation, founded in 1976, partners with the City of Atlanta to preserve, restore, enhance and share Oakland Cemetery with the public as an important cultural resource and an island of tranquility in the heart of the city.


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