Invitation to Confederate Memorial Day Observance

United Daughters of the Confederacy®
Alfred Holt Colquitt Chapter 2018
cordially invites you, your family and friends to attend an observance of

Confederate Memorial Day

Saturday, the twenty-second of April Two thousand seventeen
at two o’clock in the afternoon

Awarding of Crosses of Military Service Guest Speaker

Michael K. Shaffer

Historian/Instructor at College of Continuing
and Professional Education, Kennesaw State University

Historic Oakland Cemetery 248 Oakland Avenue, Southeast Atlanta, Georgia

Susan McPhillips, President (770) 993-0577


248 Oakland Avenue, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30312 (404) 688-2107

I-75 & I-85 NORTH & SOUTH

Follow signs to I-20 East. Take Exit 59A to Boulevard. Turn left. Go north on Boulevard through two intersections, then turn left at the light onto Memorial Drive (it is a left-turn only lane.) The brick walls of Historic Oakland are on your right. Follow Memorial Drive to the end of the wall to Oakland Avenue, and turn right. The entrance gates to Oakland Cemetery are about 300 feet down on the right.


Take Exit 59A to Boulevard (if traveling eastbound, turn left off the ramp across I-20 at the second traffic light; if westbound turn right at the first traffic light.) Go north on Boulevard, then turn left onto Memorial Drive. Follow above directions from there.


Take the MARTA East Line to King Memorial Station. Exit the station and walk south on Grant Street. Turn left at the stop sign onto MLK Drive. Historic Oakland’s front gates are in front of you.


Since Historic Oakland was established in 1850 before the automobile, parking inside the cemetery is limited. There is street parking and a parking lot outside the front gate. Parking is available inside the park, but please pull your vehicle off to the right side of any asphalt-paved road, allowing room for other vehicles to pass. Please do not drive or park on any brick or graveled roads.

As you enter the park, drive straight ahead to the Confederate section. You may then turn left and park, or continue straight ahead and turn at the next left. You may park alongside the driveways below and on the north side of the Lion of Atlanta monument. Please allow close-in parking for our veterans and those with handicapped parking permits.


A Confederate Memorial Day observance has been held at Historic Oakland every year since 1866. Our ceremony is held at the base of the Confederate Obelisk, as it has been since the Obelisk was built in 1873. A reception, hosted by the Alfred Holt Colquitt Chapter 2018, United Daughters of the Confederacy®, will follow near the Confederate Obelisk.

1:30 p.m.: Special Music by the Bone-A-Fide Slides Trombone Ensemble 2:00 p.m.: Confederate Memorial Day Observance
Please join us for our traditional Southern reception following the ceremony.