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About us

WOODLAWN….MORE THAN A CEMETERY

For more than 150 years, Woodlawn has proudly served families during their time of need. A place of rest in a city famous for its restless energy, Woodlawn is a welcoming, multi-cultural, non-denominational place to come together and celebrate our community and the lives of the loved ones we’ve lost. Because of our commitment to excellent family service, families from every walk of life, religion and discipline have chosen Woodlawn as their final resting place, including many illustrious and notable persons.

Our 400-acre cemetery has become an outdoor museum to more than 10,000 visitors who tour our grounds each year. Our celebrated lot owners comprise artists and writers, business moguls, civic leaders, entertainers, jazz musicians, suffragists, and more, including Herman MelvilleJoseph PulitzerFiorello LaGuardiaCelia CruzDuke EllingtonIrving Berlin, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, just to name a few. The cemetery’s unrivaled collection of monuments—including over 1300 mausoleums– were designed by legendary American architects, landscape designers, and sculptors. The work of McKimMead & WhiteCarrere & HastingsBeatrix FarrandLouis Comfort Tiffany, and Daniel Chester French graces Woodlawn’s grounds.

WOODLAWN…PARTNERS WITH THE COMMUNITY

While Woodlawn is first and foremost a cemetery, we are proud to be much more than that for our community. Our groundbreaking educational initiatives and programs offered by the Woodlawn Conservancy provide workforce readiness training to local young people through our Preservation Training Program and internship program. Adult educational programming, tours and events are offered throughout the year to highlight our spectacular collection of memorial architecture, illustrious notables as well as the breath-taking beauty of our landscape. From concerts to book talks to nature walks, adults have the opportunity to learn about the storied history of Woodlawn in a new and exciting way. People of all ages stroll the grounds of Woodlawn to view our more than 140 varieties of trees in our Arboretum and enjoy the green space offered in the middle of the city. Self-guided tree tours allow visitors to learn about each of the trees. School-aged children participate in summer camps, field trips and leadership training programs all facilitated by the Conservancy to invest in the future of our community.