Woodlawn Memorial Park (formerly known as Woodlawn Cemetery) is a historic burial ground nestled in the heart of Ward 7, Washington, D.C. Established in 1895, Woodlawn Memorial Park has over 36,000 graves spread over 22.5 acres.These historic grounds are the final resting place of many influential African Americans that made a difference in Washington, D.C. and African American history. In honor of the prominence of many of the interred, the Woodlawn Cemetery was listed on the D.C. Inventory of Historic Sites in 1991 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996. Today, the caretakers of Woodlawn Memorial Park are working diligently to restore the historic site. Please join us in making this a reality!
Many prominent African Americans are buried on the grounds, from the first professional female African American opera singer to the first African American Congressman for the State of Virginia, Woodlawn serves as a reflection & legitimate link to the past. Being uniquely located in our nation's capital, elevates the opportunity for serious study and cultural enrichment.
Woodlawn Memorial Grounds is an irreplaceable landscape that plays an important role in individual and collective history. The historic grounds can serve as an exceptional teaching tool for youth, adolescents and adults.
If Woodlawn is restored, communities can accord respect, families can bestow reverence, historians can seek information and our heritage is thereby enriched. Let's restore Woodlawn Memorial Gardens to its rightful place in history!