Blog and In the News

  • Celia Cruz – How the Queen of Salsa Changed Latin Music

    At Woodlawn Cemetery, we take seriously the legacy of music. Many musical personalities lay at rest within our grounds, and we work continuously to understand their enduring impact. Even after these legends have left us, their work and messages unfold across the years. One such voice is that of Úrsula Hilaria Celia de la Caridad …
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  • Can We Plan a Memorial for a Loved One Who Died Last Year?

    It’s said the best resources for dealing with grief after a loved one dies are as follows: family, friends, and community. This last year, that kind of support wasn’t available to many in mourning. The ritual of gathering together for a funeral was dramatically affected by the pandemic, impacting the way families in New York …
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  • BRIDGE TO CRAFTS CAREERS PROGRAM HELPS REVIVE AFRICAN-AMERICAN CEMETERY IN RYE, NY

      June 18, 2021, New York, NY-This week, graduates of World Monuments Fund’s (WMF) Bridge to Crafts Careers (B2CC) program at The Woodlawn Cemetery & Conservancy in the Bronx brought their stonemasonry skills to rehabilitating damaged grave markers at the African-American Cemetery in Rye, NY. The pilot project signals the next phase of B2CC, which …
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  • The Many Options Available for Final Disposition

    When thinking about the future, planning your own end-of-life arrangements may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, our team at Woodlawn Cemetery recognizes just how important a step this is to take. One of the most crucial decisions when preplanning is choosing your final resting place. This will be the location …
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  • 5 Benefits of Planning Your End-of-Life Arrangements Now

    If one of our Family Service Associates here at The Woodlawn Cemetery sat down to talk with you in person, virtually, or by phone and asked the following questions, how would you respond? When you think of your own funeral service, what comes to mind? A small gathering of your loved ones, or more of …
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  • Woodlawn Celebrates Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

    During the month of May at Woodlawn Cemetery, we celebrate the culture, traditions, and the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Japanese and Chinese immigrants settled in Hawaii, California, and Oregon as early as the 1850s. The transcontinental railroad was completed in 1869 – a marvel of engineering built primarily …
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  • It’s Bronx Week! Celebrating the Beautiful Borough

    The Woodlawn Cemetery is one of the oldest institutions in the Bronx and is proud to be one of the eight National Historic Landmarks in the Borough. Over the course of the Bronx Week celebration, there will be concerts, programs and events which honor Bronx community leaders who are memorialized at Woodlawn. Bronxites are renowned …
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  • Jazz Appreciation Month

    Woodlawn Cemetery is known internationally for its jazz legacy and this month, we are pleased to honor the musicians, composers and producers who created jazz – America’s music. In 1918, the Woodlawn Subway Station opened, connecting the historic cemetery to northern Manhattan at the Dawn of the Harlem Renaissance. Following the well-publicized services for performers …
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  • Woodlawn’s Harkness Mausoleum

    There’s a wooded knoll nestled into the lush landscape of the Bronx’s Woodlawn Cemetery that is home to the Edward S. and Mary S. Harkness Mausoleum. With its stone wall enclosure, 18 mourning figures, and chapel featuring a gabled slate roof, the mausoleum is both beautiful and dignified. Who is the couple at rest in …
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  • Creating a Memorial Garden Helps in Healing After a Loss

    There’s an old Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to be happy for a lifetime, be a gardener.” Our Woodlawn Cemetery staff wants to give this sentiment a new twist by saying, “If you want help healing after a loss, be a gardener.” In our own lives and through hearing stories from others, our …
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