Spanning 48 acres just east of downtown Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery is the city’s oldest historic and cultural landmark and one of Atlanta’s largest green spaces. In 1976 a group of citizens concerned about the state of the cemetery launched the Historic Oakland Foundation to assist the City of Atlanta in its preservation of this special place. Also in 1976, the cemetery was named to the National Register of Historic Places and soon thereafter declared a Historic Landmark District by the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. Our vision for Oakland Cemetery is a revered cemetery and vibrant park to honor Atlanta’s past and celebrate its future. The late historian Franklin Garrett called Oakland Cemetery "Atlanta's most tangible link between the past and the present.” Founded in 1850 when the City purchased six acres of farmland just outside of Atlanta, Oakland Cemetery was created as a Victorian garden cemetery and was Atlanta’s first green space. Until 1884, anyone who died in Atlanta was buried at Oakland Cemetery, regardless of race, religion, social, or financial status. Oakland is the final resting place of 70,000 people, including Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and golfing legend Bobby Jones, Bishop Wesley John Gaines (founder of Morris Brown College), 27 Atlanta mayors including Maynard Jackson, and 6 former governors. Today Oakland is more than just a cemetery or park. It is an outdoor sculpture museum with monuments recognized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an arboretum recognized by the Association of Public Gardens and Arboreta, and a certified Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Free and open to the public, Oakland attracts more than 50,000 visitors every year.