The phrase found on the historical marker is “This 48-acre cemetery is the burial site of several Georgia governors, more than twenty ATLANTA MAYORS, and five CONFEDERATE generals. Author MARGARET MITCHELL and golfer BOBBY JONES are buried here.”
The solution to the puzzle is TAKE ROAD EAST TO TINY BRICK OFFICE.
The office is in memory of HELEN WILSON WALDO. The progressive solution reads TRAVEL NORTH PAVED ROAD, THEN TAKE FIRST ROAD ON LEFT, AND LOOK FOR RESTING SPOT OF MAYNARD H. JACKSON, JR. ON GRASS.
The maze solution reads GO THREE BLOCKS NORTH THEN TWO BLOCKS EAST. LOOK FOR MARGARET MITCHELL SITE.
The rebus solution is:
GOAT – AT = GO
FAT + HIVE – HAT = FIVE
BLOCKS = BLOCKS
NO + EARTH = EA = NORTH
TOE – E= TO
GRAPE + BB + SLEDS – GRASS = PEBBLED
CORN + EAR – A = CORNER
PLOW + TAG – WAG = PLOT
The name to be written in the blank boxes #1-9 is CATHERINE. The solution to the code reads TRAVEL EAST BRICK PATH. CROSS PAVED ROAD AND TRAVEL EAST TO PAVED PATH. LOOK FOR RICHARDS FAMILY MAUSOLEUM AT END OF PATH.
When held to the light, the secret message should read FOLLOW NORTHEAST PAVED PATH TO CORNER PLOT WITH BLACK BENCH FACING SMALL STATUE.
Note: There are two black benches on the northeast paved path, but only the second one is facing a small statue.
The name on the tombstone used in the puzzle is HUGO PORVANO. The solution to the code is CUT THROUGH GRASS AND PATHS TO TALL TOWER VISIBLE TO THE SOUTH.
The text inputted in the grid is OUR CONFEDERATE DEAD 1873. The solution to the code is GO 1 BLOCK WEST TO SLAVE SQUARE SIGN.
The sign reads “In 1852, the Atlanta City Council ruled that African-Americans MUST BE BURIED APART FROM WHITES AT OAKLAND CEMETERY.” The solution to the puzzle reads TAKE NORTH PATH. FORK LEFT TO FOUNTAIN WITH UMBRELLA.
The unused letters in the crossword puzzle spell this fun fact about Oakland Cemetery’s first burial: JAMES NISSEN WAS A MEDICAL DOCTOR WHO FELL ILL AND DIED WHILE VISITING ATLANTA.