Fort Dupont in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
4611 Benning Road, SE
—African American Heritage Trail —
Woodlawn Cemetery, established in 1895, serves the final resting place for Sen. Blanche K. Bruce, Mary P. Burrill, Will Marion Cook, John W. Cromwell, John R. Francis, Rep. John Mercer Langston, Jesse Lawson, Mary Meriwether, and Daniel Murray, among other prominent Washingtonians.
The majority of burials at Woodlawn are the remains of more than 6,000 individuals that were exhumed from Graceland Cemetery, a graveyard established in 1872 near Benning Road and H Street, NE. Other re-interments came from cemeteries such as the Colonial Union Benevolent Association Burial Ground in Adams Morgan near the National Zoo.
The cemetery was listed in the National Register for Historic Places in 1996.
[Photo caption:] Joe and Katy Mae Cook, members of the newly established Woodlawn Perpetual Care Association, Inc., tend their family plot, 1973.
Star Collection, DC Public Library; ©Washington Post.
Erected by Cultural Tourism DC, funded by the DC Historic Preservation Office.
Marker series. This marker is included in the Washington, D.C. African American Heritage Trail marker series.
Location. 38° 53.155′ N, 76° 56.164′ W. Marker is in Fort Dupont Touch for map. Marker is on the north side of the cemetery's east gate in the Fort Dupont community in Southeast Washington. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4611 Benning Road, SE, Washington DC 20019, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Fort Chaplin (approx. ¼ mile away); Fort Mahan (approx. 0.7 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SE 1 (approx. 0.8 miles away); National Training School for Women and Girls/ Nannie Helen Burroughs (approx. 0.9 miles away); Fort DuPont (approx. 0.9 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone SE 2 (approx. 0.9 miles away); A Whirl on the Ferris Wheel (approx. one mile away); “What Magic Has Been Wrought Here” (approx. 1.2 miles away).
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Historical markers about notable persons mentioned on this marker.
Also see . . .
1. Historic Woodlawn Cemetery. (Submitted on April 14, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
2. Woodlawn Genealogy Project. (Submitted on April 17, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.)
Categories. • African Americans • Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 14, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 960 times since then and 48 times this year. Last updated on April 29, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 14, 2011, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.