The Historic Oakland Cemetery of Atlanta: Speaking Stones

Approximately seventy thousand souls lay in rest at historic Oakland Cemetery in Atlanta, Georgia. Cathy J. Kaemmerlen shares the stories of the famous men and women buried in this historic cemetery, a graveyard filled with coffins of Civil War soldiers, Civil Rights pioneers, acclaimed writers, and leaders of industry.

Readers meet past Atlanta residents such as Margaret Mitchell, author of Gone with the Wind, golf-great Bobby Jones, Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett, and others who played a role in Atlanta’s evolving history.

Although this cemetery holds ornate headstones from the Victorian period, not far from some of Atlanta’s celebrated sons and daughters are paupers buried at public expense.

Here at Oakland Cemetery, headstones from the past mark the history of Atlanta. Now in it’s third printing!



The Historic Oakland Cemetery of Atlanta: Speaking Stones” like most of History Press’ publications, is content laden and complimented with photographs. There is so much to learn in this book, it left me wanting more — which is a good thing! I learned so much about Atlanta history from the author’s descriptions of the headstones in Oakland Cemetery. It was easy to put together a historical outline from her narrative. I like the way she turned each tombstone into a story, which ultimately is how we want our lives to be remembered. The Author pays tribute to these lives and makes us care, which is more than most history books accomplish. History Press appears to have a motive to keep local history alive. This book certainly accomplishes that, it keeps these men and woman live who now lie in Oakland Cemetery.

As Administrator of the Georgia Writers Association, many books come across my desk for nomination in the Georgia Author of the Year Awards. When this book came in, I had to take it home to read it. I bring many books home, yet finish very few. I read this book cover to cover. It is a great read . . . — Lisa Russell, White, GA

“Cathy J. Kaemmerlen shares with us the stories of Atlanta’s famous men and women who lay at rest in the historic Oakland Cemetery . . .Cathy J. Kaemmerlen turns each tombstone into a story, which is what each of us today, wish for our lives to be remembered. The reader finds out about great Atlanta residents such as Margaret Mitchell, author of the greatest Civil War novel GONE WITH THE WIND. The great Atlanta golfer Bobby Jones is buried there, as well as Atlanta historian Franklin Garrett, and others who played a role in Atlanta’s history thru the years . . . I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Atlanta and wants to see the real story of the gateway city of the South. This is a fascinating and enjoyable read. They should sell this book at every historic site in Atlanta, as these people who lay here in Oakland Cemetery, made all of these places of interest historic through their actions. This little book is really better than a real live tour guide. Cathy J. Kaemmerlen thru her words gives you the very best tour through this beautiful garden of Atlanta’s speaking stones.” — Ed Porter from THE LONE STAR NEWSLETTER’S : DAWG DAYS OF SUMMER BOOK FAIR, May 18, 2008

“Cathy Kaemmerlen has used her gift of storytelling just as a weaver would use her loom to weave together the rich textures of Atlanta’s Southern history.  In her book THE HISTORIC OAKLAND CEMETERY OF ATLANTA: SPEAKING STONES, Kaemmerlen tells us that from 1850 to 1884 almost everyone who died in Atlanta was buried in the Atlanta Cemetery, renamed the Oakland Cemetery in 1872…Be prepared to laugh, cheer, cry, and sometimes get angry as you relive Georgia’s past through Kaemmerlen’s historically inspired stories”.–Reviewed by Ronda Sanders, Hall County Library System

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