Oakland Cemetery Ravaged By Tornado

Written on March 18, 2008 at 9:52 am, by Lain Shakespeare

While the Wren’s Nest was not hit by last weekend’s tornado, our friends at Oakland Cemetery were not so lucky.

Oakland Cemetery Got Hit Hard by the Tornado

In fact, I’m pretty sure that the storm was at its strongest when it descended upon one of Atlanta’s most important historic places, and my own favorite place in the city.

While it’s a little too soon for volunteer opportunities, I’m pretty sure they’d appreciate some financial help. I have no idea if insurance covers berserk tornadoes, but I’m positive it won’t cover the $4 million that Oakland will now have to raise.

From a selfish point of view, I do hope that the mausoleum of Julian LaRose and Julia Collier Harris has remained untouched.

Julian was the eldest son of Joel Chandler Harris. He and his wife were perhaps most famous for winning a Pulitzer Prize in 1926 for their work at the Columbus Enquirer-Sun. Together at the paper, they covered the Scopes Monkey Trial and denounced public officials who were secretly involved in the Ku Klux Klan or otherwise standing in the way of African-American education and equality.

Eventually, the Harris’ were forced to leave the paper because of their unwavering progressive stances. Their mausoleum is just south of the bell tower at Oakland.

4 Comments to Oakland Cemetery Ravaged By Tornado

  1. Dale says:

    Glad to see your post about Oakland. I’ve been trying to put the word out myself:


    Additional pics of the damage here, that I took from outside the Oakland Avenue and Memorial Drive walls on Saturday morning:


    I had heard the the Bell Tower was not damaged; not sure about the monuments nearby…



  2. Deb says:

    It is hardbreaking to see the devastation at Oakland. When the tornado hit my former hometown of Americus, Ga. last year one of the saddest things was to see the old, beautiful cemetery all torn up and all the 100 yr old trees now gone. I feel the same way looking at Oakland. The old trees gave it so much of it’s character and charm and it is gone and can’t be replaced. Too sad.

  3. Ida Beth says:

    please let us know if there are volunteer opportunities to help clean it up

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