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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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  • Black History Month Featuring Woodlawn Notables

    In 1926, the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History designated the second week in February as “Negro History Week.” The annual commemoration was to be held in between the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. From the onset, writer and activist Arturo “Arthur” Schomburg encouraged New Yorkers to study African American art …
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  • Endless Glamour – Art Deco at Woodlawn

    At Woodlawn, we are honored to have experts in many different areas who contribute to the research, restoration and education at Woodlawn. On this blog, join Woodlawn’s architectural historian Anthony Pellino as he explores the influence of the art deco period on the monuments, mausolea and sculpture at Woodlawn. Glamorous, syncopated, energetic.             Don’t these words …
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  • The Luck of the Irish

    All of New York City looks forward to the month of March when we celebrate Irish heritage. Woodlawn is a destination for those who are honoring the lore of St. Patrick and the notable figures who came from the Emerald Isle. There are several commissioned monuments on Woodlawn’s 400 acre grounds filled with symbols and …
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  • Love Stories of Woodlawn

    Many of Woodlawn’s most imposing monuments may be taken as glorifications of a powerful family dynasty or displays of wealth and status — but many are also monuments of love. Commemorations of loved ones who have passed, they are reminders of what we come to cemeteries for, and stories of love, in all its different …
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  • Remembering the WWI Centennial at Woodlawn

    On November 11, 2018, people on two continents will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, “The War to End All Wars.”  It is also Veterans Day, a day where we honor those who have served our nation.   This makes Sunday a perfect day to visit Woodlawn. The majority of the …
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  • President’s Day

      Happy Birthday Mr. President! Everyone is familiar with the film of Marilyn Monroe standing on the stage in Madison Square Garden, singing to President John F. Kennedy on his birthday. Woodlawn notable, Leroy Neiman (1921-2012) painted a very colorful and splashy canvas to chronicle the event. Many Woodlawn Lot Owners connect to our Commander …
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  • Jewish Genealogy Month

    November is International Jewish Genealogy Month, making it a perfect time for us to share the wealth of records and information held by The Woodlawn Cemetery. Our staff and team of volunteers dedicate their time and expertise to reconnect family historians, researchers and lot owner descendants with their heritage.  Woodlawn was established in 1863 as …
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  • Woodlawn’s Suffragents

    The Woodlawn Cemetery is nationally known as the final resting place for many of the women that led the suffrage movement including:  Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alva Belmont, Katherine Duer Mackay and Carrie Chapman Catt. Through the recently published book The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the Vote, we’ve learned that many men who …
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