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Alumni Gathering set for Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery March 12

BRISTOL, Tenn., Feb. 23, 2016 – Alumni of King University are invited to gather together for an intriguing afternoon in Atlanta on Saturday, March 12, 2016. The activities begin at 10:30 a.m. with a tour of Atlanta’s Historic Oakland Cemetery, a striking example of the 19th century “rural garden” cemetery movement. Following the cemetery tour, alumni will enjoy lunch at Six Feet Under Pub & Fish House.

“Oakland Cemetery is a historic cornerstone for the City of Atlanta.,” says Michael Webb, director of Alumni Relations at King University. “The Alumni Office is excited to host our upcoming Atlanta alumni gathering at the Historic Oakland Cemetery. We will have the opportunity to surround ourselves in the impressive art and architecture. The tour will be enjoyable for all ages. I look forward to seeing many of our alumni and friends in Atlanta. After the tour, we will be enjoying lunch together at Six Feet Under.”

Garden cemeteries, such as the Oakland cemetery, often featured winding paths, large shade trees, flowers, shrubs, and appealing vistas. The garden cemetery concept was a forerunner of public park development in America. Today, Oakland Cemetery is still used as a park for the community and is a valued green space in Atlanta. It is also a repository for stunning art and architecture. Elaborate mausoleums, soaring sculptures, and lavish inscriptions speak of an age when the bereaved found consolation in extravagant expression. Impressive art and architecture can be seen in many styles: Victorian, Greek Revival, Gothic, Neo-classical, Egyptian, and Exotic Revival. Several mausoleums feature stained glass windows from Tiffany Studios. Bronze urns over six feet high were cast at Gorham Manufacturing Company in New York, the first art foundry in America.

Six Feet Under was recently named among Travel + Leisure magazine’s Top 30 American Outdoor Bars. The restaurant boasts of breathtaking views of Atlanta’s skyline from their rooftop bar. Everyone will find fare they enjoy from a wide selection of seafood among other classic favorites.

The cost of the tour and lunch is only $10 per person with free entrance for children under eight. To secure a reservation, RSVP no later than March 4 to Dawn McMurray at 800.621.5464 or


King University is a Presbyterian-affiliated, doctoral-level comprehensive university. Founded in 1867 as King College, the University offers more than 90 majors, minors, pre-professional degrees and concentrations in fields such as business, nursing, law, medical and health sciences, pharmacy, education, and humanities. Graduate programs are offered in business administration, education, and nursing. A number of research, off-campus learning opportunities, and travel destinations are also available. King University is a NCAA Division II and a Conference Carolinas member with 25 varsity sports. For more information about King University, visit King University does not discriminate against academically qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or disability. King University is certified by SCHEV to operate locations in Virginia. For more information on SCHEV certification, contact the King University office at Southwest Virginia Community College, 309 College Road, Richlands, VA 24641.