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Jewish Section, Oakland Cemetery.
December 7, 1860 City council allocates first Jewish lots at City Cemetery (now Oakland Cemetery).
  Jewish Section, Oakland Cemetery.
  Oakland Cemetery

This area, known as the old Jewish Grounds, is the burial site for many of the members of the Ahavath Achim congregation. Later sections were added for the Kadish Lodge and the Hebrew Benevolent Congregation. At the time of the creation of the first Jewish section, there were few Jews living in Atlanta, but the population was growing.

Within the grounds are many symbolic Jewish markers and memorials, and some of Atlanta's most famous people are buried here. Both Emanuel and Morris Rich, who founded Rich's Department Stores in Atlanta after the Civil War are buried in this section as is Dr. Joseph "Joe" Jacobs. Jacob's Pharmacy was a popular stop in Atlanta, and was the site of Coca-Cola's introduction.

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