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Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

North Woodlawn Cemetery

 
 
North Woodlawn Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2020
1. North Woodlawn Cemetery Marker
Inscription.  During racial segregation, Fort Lauderdale's African American community was restricted to the northwest quadrant of the city. Recognizing a need in this area, the Christian Pallbearer's Association founded North Woodlawn Cemetery in 1926, most likely on a previously-established burial ground. The new formal four-acre cemetery included a potter's field for unknown individuals or those without local family. Woodlawn served as one of only two burial places for African-Americans until the mid-1950s when race restrictions on other city cemeteries were lifted. Woodlawn remained in use until 1996, when the City of Fort Lauderdale began to acquire the property, rededicating it in 2002. Woodlawn is estimated to contain over 2,200 burials, but only 571 graves are marked, mostly with handcrafted concrete markers or masonry slabs. This sacred ground serves as a place of remembrance for the important achievements of a community that overcame many challenges. Veterans and prominent businessmen, as well as civic, farming, and religious leaders are buried here. Woodlawn welcomed all people of color. In 2017, North Woodlawn Cemetery was listed on the National
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Erected 2019 by The City of Fort Lauderdale and The Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1074.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites. A significant historical year for this entry is 1926.
 
Location. 26° 8.077′ N, 80° 10.067′ W. Marker is in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in Broward County. Marker is at the intersection of Northwest 9th Street and Northwest 19th Terrace, on the right when traveling west on Northwest 9th Street. Marker is located in the cemetery just inside the gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1936 Northwest 9th Street, Fort Lauderdale FL 33311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. West Side Grade School (approx. 1.2 miles away); The First Fort Lauderdale (approx. 1.4 miles away); Cooley's Massacre (approx. 1.7 miles away); Shippey House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Hoch Heritage Center (approx. 1.7 miles away); Replica 1899 School House (approx. 1.7 miles away); Philemon Nathaniel Bryan House (approx. 1.7 miles away); The Lewis Family (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fort Lauderdale.
 
More about this marker. Marker replaces an earlier marker F-1026 North Woodlawn
North Woodlawn Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2020
2. North Woodlawn Cemetery Marker
Cemetery.
 
North Woodlawn Cemetery image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 28, 2020
3. North Woodlawn Cemetery
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 136 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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