Black Magnolias

Sat Mar 16 2024 at 10:30 am to 12:00 pm

Oakland Cemetery | Atlanta

Historic Oakland Foundation
Publisher/HostHistoric Oakland Foundation
Black Magnolias
This guided walking tour explores the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women.
About this Event

Join Historic Oakland Foundation as we celebrate Black History Month with a series of free tours highlighting Black history at Oakland Cemetery.

Historically, many African American women worked as maids, child nurses, cooks, and laundresses—all while managing their own households. As educational opportunities became available following the Civil War and emancipation, African American women aspired to occupations beyond domestic service. Many sought jobs as educators and nurses. Others with access to advanced education became lawyers and physicians. With increasing economic stability, more African American women became stay-at-home mothers, focusing their efforts on homemaking and children. Many African American women also considered it their duty to serve their communities and churches, and they did so in both professional and volunteer positions. This guided walking tour moves beyond historical stereotypes to explore the history, lives, and labors of Atlanta’s African American women.

This tour starts at the main gate (main entrance at Oakland Avenue and MLK Jr. Drive) at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive a few minutes early to check in at the volunteer desk inside the Visitor Center (adjacent to the gate) before meeting at the main gate.

Spaces are limited, so we recommend purchasing your tickets in advance.


Not all areas of historic Oakland Cemetery are wheelchair accessible. Please let us know if you need an accessible route when purchasing your ticket.

ASL interpreter available if given 3 days (72 hours) notice before the start of the tour.


Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Oakland Cemetery, 248 Oakland Avenue Southeast, Atlanta, United States


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