May 15, 2018
Contact: Amy Reed
MARIETTA - On Thursday, May 17th, at 6:30pm, the Marietta Museum of History hosts its first Evening with History lecture of 2018. In 1884, several leading citizens purchased 577 acres to open Atlanta’s Westview Cemetery. The rolling terrain, part of which was a site in the Civil War battle of Ezra Church, became the final resting place for more than 100,000 people. Prominent locals buried here include Grant Park namesake L.P. Grant, author Joel Chandler Harris, High Museum benefactor Harriet High, Coca-Cola founder Asa Candler Sr. and Haverty’s founder J.J. Haverty. The cemetery’s Westview Abby mausoleum is one of the nation’s largest with more than eleven thousand crypts.
We are pleased to host author Jeff Clemmons as he recounts some of the fascinating details of this cemetery’s history highlighted in his newest book, Atlanta’s Historic Westview Cemetery. After the program, Mr. Clemmons will be signing his books including his previous one, Rich’s: A Southern Institution. Both books will be available for purchase in the Museum Store.
This event is one of four in May that will commemorate the Historic Preservation Month
When: Thursday, May 17th starting at 6:30 pm.
Where: Marietta Museum of History, 1 Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060
Cost: FREE for Museum Members and $5 for not-yet members.
To learn more about the Marietta Museum of History, visit us at www.MariettaHistory.org