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  • Celebrating Woodlawn’s History

    Founded in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery is recognized as one of the most historically significant properties in America. It’s the final resting place of leaders, legends, and loved ones whose lives have touched our own. Its memorials represent the largest and finest collection of funerary art in the country. Its surroundings include a lake, hills, meadows, …
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  • Back to School: Celebrating the Educators at Woodlawn

    As children across the country head back to school this fall, we want to take the opportunity to acknowledge the significant contributions to our country’s education system made by some of the generous and talented individuals buried at Woodlawn Cemetery. The beautiful cemetery at Woodlawn is home to many notable individuals from the Bronx and …
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  • Honoring Veterans at Woodlawn

      Visitors to Woodlawn Cemetery will find thousands of our nation’s bravest individuals buried and commemorated here. We are proud to provide high-quality burial and cremation to veterans and their families in the Bronx and beyond. This is our way of thanking these men and women for their incredible sacrifices. We are proud to honor …
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  • What Are The Books On Your Bedside Table?

    Every Sunday in the New York Times Book Review an author is interviewed and asked “What Books are on your bedside table?”  Those of us with an interest in the characters buried at Woodlawn are so fortunate because there is always a book in the works that chronicles their stories.  On March 29th, Diamonds & …
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  • The Gilded Age at Woodlawn

    In recent weeks, Woodlawn’s most visited memorial is the mausoleum built by Alva Belmont, whose first husband was William Kissam Vanderbilt.  Not only was Alva a primary figure in Anderson Cooper’s recent book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, the character of Bertha Russell in the HBOmax series The Gilded Age is …
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  • The Italian Influence at The Woodlawn Cemetery

    New York’s Woodlawn Cemetery is known for its beautiful sculptures and unique works of art. These delicate figures are symbolic of peace, love, sorrow, and hope, many of which are inspired by classic statues found in Europe. Among the most photographed is the Gerould Memorial, a replica of the famous Monteverde Angel in the cemetery …
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  • History Feature: Hispanic Heritage Month

    We are proud to celebrate the lives and contributions of the many Hispanic notables who have chosen New York’s Woodlawn Cemetery as their final resting place. Since our founding in 1863, Woodlawn Cemetery has established and continued on with its strong tradition of serving New Yorkers of all cultures, religions, and ethnic heritages. During Hispanic …
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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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