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