From May 9 – 12, visitors will see Oakland Cemetery in a new light. Illumine 2019 will offer an artfully lighted, self-guided walking tour that promises to be ethereal, unique, and memorable.

The theme of Illumine 2019 is to shine a light on many of the untold stories of Atlanta’s
history as they play out within the cemetery’s walls. The event will include a tribute to the people buried and then removed from “Slave Square” and a display highlighting the individuals buried in unmarked graves in the North Public Grounds as well as the histories of the cemetery’s original six acres and the Beaumont Allen Greenhouse.

Headstones, mausoleums, flowers, trees, and buildings will be lit with lightboxes, lanterns, projections, sound, and balloons to showcase the gardens restoration efforts there.

Illumine 2019 is a collaborative project of Historic Oakland Foundation staff, friends, and volunteers, led by the event’s creative director, Cooper Sanchez.

“It is a thrill for visitors to be in this great garden cemetery at night and a pleasure for us to be able to provide a unique experience for our visitors to see the history and beauty
of this place in new and original ways,” said Sanchez, who is also an artist and gardener at Oakland Cemetery, responsible for a number of beautiful artistic experiences at Oakland in the last decade. “I am so excited for the return of Illumine and am sure that it will be one of the most unique experiences in Atlanta this spring.”

Tickets are available at this link. Illumine begins at 7 p.m. and the last entrance is at 9:30 p.m. each evening.

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Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.