Because it was not established as a perpetual care cemetery, a cost included in the sale of many cemetery plots in the modern era, maintenance of the grave sites at Oaklan is the sole responsibility of the families of the deceased. As a result, many of the grave sites have suffered neglect in addition to the ravages of weather, time, and vandalism. For this reason, the Historic Oakland Foundation was established.This foundation has managed the restoration of many grave sites,
monuments, mausolea, and buildings that had been affected by time. Their activity, which is supported by donations,
grants, and special events, continues today as they maintain and restore
the cemetery as well as provide guided tours of the grounds.
Among the many significant figures such as brave Civil War soldiers to prominent Civil Rights leaders. Some of the more notable people buried in Oakland Cemetery are Bobby Jones (only golfer to win the Grand Slam, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Open, British Amateur and The Open Championship in the same year), Margaret Mitchell (author of Gone With the Wind) and Maynard Jackson (Atlanta's first African-American mayor).