Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit)

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<br>Hecker Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of W. H. Harrison gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Wilson Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of Hugo Scherer Mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Tree reflections near bridge over pond at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of tree and bridge at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Swimming ducks at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of tree at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Edsel Bryant Ford and Eleanor Clay Ford gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Tree surrounding Harry gravesite at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Joseph Lowthian Hudson mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery
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<br>Detail of sphinx on Dodge mausoleum at Woodlawn Cemetery<br>
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Location Name:  Woodlawn Cemetery (Detroit, Michigan)

Location Type:  Cemetery

Year Opened:  1895

History:  

Woodlawn Cemetery was established in 1895 on 138 acres then just outside of the Detroit city limit. The grounds were planned by civil engineer Mason L. Brown and horticulturalist Frank Eurich. Woodlawn’s first burial took place in 1896 and over the last century it has become the final resting place for numerous Detroiters. The large beautiful manicured setting has made Woodlawn one of the most respected cemeteries in the Detroit area. While the city has long since enveloped this area, Woodlawn is a place of serenity rarely found in such an urbanized area.

As one of Detroit’s most prestigious burial grounds, Woodlawn is home to the gravesites of many notable people. Here is a brief list of Woodlawn’s famous ‘residents’:

  • Obie Benson (Musician; Founding member of the Four Tops)
  • Roy Dikeman Chapin, Sr. (U.S. Secretary of Commerce, 1932-1933)
  • Howard Aldridge Coffin (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1947-1949)
  • John Blaisdell Corliss (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1895-1903)
  • James Couzens (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1922-1936; Mayor of Detroit, 1919-1922)
  • Horace Elgin Dodge (Automobile magnate; Co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company)
  • John Francis Dodge (Automobile magnate; Co-founder of Dodge Brothers Company)
  • Homer Ferguson (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1943-1955)
  • Edsel Bryant Ford (Son of Henry Ford; President of Ford Motor Company)
  • Geraldine Ford (First Female African-American elected to a judgeship in the U.S.)
  • Rev. Clarence Le Vaughn Franklin (Influential Minister)
  • Alexander Joseph Groesbeck (Governor of Michigan, 1921-1927)
  • Billy Henderson (Musician; Founding member of The Spinners)
  • Joseph Lowthian Hudson (Department Store magnate; Founder of Hudsonís)
  • Pervis Jackson (Musician; Founding member of The Spinners)
  • Alfred Lucking (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1903-1905)
  • Alex Manoogian (Inventor of the single handled faucet; Founder of Masco Corporation; Philanthropist)
  • Arthur Edison Moody (U.S. Senator from Michigan, 1951-1952)
  • Elijah E. Myers (Architect)
  • Rosa Louise Parks (Civil Rights pioneer)
  • Edward Roy Patten (Musician; Member of Gladys Knight and The Pips)
  • Lawrence Payton (Musician; Founding member of the Four Tops)
  • Hazen Stuart Pingree (Governor of Michigan, 1897-1900; Mayor of Detroit, 1890-1897)
  • David Ruffin (Musician; Member of The Temptations)
  • Levi Stubbs (Musician; Founding member of the Four Tops)
  • Carl May Weideman (U.S. Representative from Michigan, 1933-1935)
  • Ronald White (Musician; Founding member of The Miracles)

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