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Oakland Cemetery
248 Oakland Ave. SE
Atlanta, GA 30312

Perhaps one of the most famous cemeteries in the south, filled with ornate markers and architecturally intricate tombs, was hit by a tornado just a few months before we visited. Monuments and trees were toppled, evidence of which was still visible as we roamed the uneven brick paths. In this former pauper’s field turned Confederate burial ground turned cemetery for everyone we paid respects to Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone With the Wind, who died in an accident at age 49), and the unknown Confederate dead, honored by a statue of a giant lion slowly dying from a bullet wound. Something caught the corner of Mary’s eye, and to our surprise it was a mini-version of the “Bird Girl” statue, usually in Bonaventure cemetery in Savannah, where it became famous when its photograph was on the cover of “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Oakland Cemetery.

The view from here.

Margaret Mitchell's grave.

Tomb of the unknown soldier.

Mini-Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

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