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Woodlawn Cemetery Perpetual Care Association honors the memory and legacy of the prominent African Americans buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Washington, DC’s Ward 7. We restore, preserve and interpret this historical resource for the benefit of residents of and visitors.
From its founding in 1895 until the 1950s, it was the preeminent burial place for African American Washingtonians.
It is the final resting place of Blanche K. Bruce, the first first black Senator to serve a full term, educator Roscoe Conkling Bruce, famed abolitionist Wilson Bruce Evans, lawyer, educator and Congressman John Mercer Langston, composer Will Marion Cook, playwright and educator Mary P. Burrill, and educator, lawyer, and journalist John Wesley Cromwell, among many others.
Like the east side of DC as a whole, the cemetery has suffered from lack of resources and investment over the past fifty years. Fewer than a hundred monuments or grave stones remain both visible in their original location, and of these some are in poor condition. Several hundred lay in small piles amid grass on the north side of the property. Hundreds more are remain obscured by brush and small trees.
The Cemetery is on the National Register of Historic Places, but it in shameful condition. It's time to do something about it.
- Harley Felstein
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