The history that we have is provided to us by Mr. Bill Gazaway and Mrs. Gwen Gazaway, the Roseland Cemetery Volunteers, Inc. and the Atlanta Journal & Atlanta Constitution newspapers as well as a compilation of various websites.
Roseland is one of Atlanta's oldest cemeteries. We know that Roseland Cemetery was established around or about 1914 to 1920. The first lots went on sale around 1926. It was the burial site for many in the Jewish faith and later members of the Protestant faith. Also, we know that Roseland Cemetery is a cemetery that was abandoned by whoever owned it, and the company was dissolved so there is no owner. Roseland Cemetery predates the cemetery laws of perpetuity, and unfortunately it was allowed to become overgrown with weeds, broken grave headstones, criminal activity, etc.
Roseland Cemetery covers more than 7 and 1/4 acres. The elevation level is 264 meters.
This was another cemetery in the community affected by the building of the Cleveland Avenue I-85 Interchange.
Roseland Cemetery is located at the intersection of Cleveland Avenue in Southwest Atlanta and I-85 South Exit & Entrance next to the Texaco Mart Center and across from the Fulton County School Board headquarters. The exact boundaries are as follows: (Just east of the East Point City Limits) on the north side of the street, just to the west and right next to Interstate 85 Highway (south-bound exit ramp). Adjacent to and just east of the Southbound Exit ramp of Interstate 85 on Cleveland Avenue in the City Limits of Atlanta.
Roseland Cemetery's physical location is actually in the City of Atlanta, with the entrance to the cemetery being physically in the City of Atlanta. The confusion has been caused by the old city boundaries in that part being part City of Atlanta and part East Point. However, the municipality to contact in regards to permits to cut trees, permits and police services are under the City of Atlanta's jurisdiction.
Roseland Cemetery Volunteers Association, Inc. is the name of the non-profit organization founded by Mr. Bill Gazaway and Mrs. Gwen Gazaway to cleanup and restore the old and abandoned Roseland Cemeter. We owe a huge amount of gratitude and respect for two people who took this task on in their senior years. Sadly they have passed---Mrs. Gazaway passed in 2009 and Mr. Gazaway passed in 2006. Both of them had full lives, yet took the time to work to bring Roseland Cemetery bring Roseland Cemetery back to a respectful condition.
Mr. Bill Gazaway was one of the NASCAR legends. He was always quite frank with you, and you could count on him to follow through on what he wanted to do. Mrs. Gazaway was a professional artist, and very active in the arts community. It was always fun talking to Mr. and Mrs. Gazaway about their stories of what they found in their restoration work of Roseland Cemetery. They were married for more than 50 years. Website for Legends of NASCAR
We will be working with the Roseland Cemetery Volunteers Association, Inc. to keep moving on the work that was started by the Gazaways and the friends and volunteers of Roseland Cemetery.
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Reference: Albert Heishberg papers, 1908-1985 (bulk 1954-1971). Description: .4 linear ft. Notes: The collection consists of papers of Albert Heishberg and the Heishberg family from 1908-1985. & material pertaining to Congregation Ahavath Achim (1954-1985; & and blueprints, correspondence, minutes, and financial records relating to the Roseland Cemetery (Atlanta, Ga.) (1952-1971). Albert Heishberg family papers. Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Community Archives, William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum. Cataloged as part of the Georgia Archives and Manuscripts Automated Access project: A Special Collections Gateway Program of the University Center in Georgia. Location: Ida Pearle and Joseph Cuba Community Archives, William Breman Jewish Heritage Museum, 1440 Spring Street N.W., Atlanta, Georgia, 30309-2837. Control No.: GAGP96-A791 [December 2000]
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