Cemetery of the Evergreens
Southern (Bushwick Avenue) entrance
|Location||1629 Bushwick Ave., Brooklyn, New York|
|Area||225 acres (91.1 ha)|
|Architect||Vaux, Calvert; etc|
|NRHP Reference #||07001192|
|Added to NRHP||November 15, 2007|
The Cemetery of the Evergreens is a non-denominational cemetery in Brooklyn and Queens, New York, colloquially called Evergreen Cemetery. It was incorporated in 1849, not long after the passage of New York's Rural Cemetery Act spurred development of cemeteries outside Manhattan. For a time, it was the busiest cemetery in New York City; in 1929 there were 4,673 interments. The cemetery borders Brooklyn and Queens and covers 225 acres (0.911 km2) of rolling hills and gently sloping meadows. It features several thousand trees and flowering shrubs in a park-like setting. The Evergreens is the final resting place of more than 526,000 people.
The Evergreens was built on the principle of the rural cemetery. Two of the era's most noted landscape architects, Andrew Jackson Downing and Alexander Jackson Davis, were instrumental in the layout of the cemetery grounds.
The Evergreens has a monument to eight unidentified victims of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of March 25, 1911. In 2011, researchers were able to provide names to these last eight dead.
There are also 17 British Commonwealth service personnel buried in the cemetery, 13 from World War I and 4 from World War II.
- John Bunny (1863–1915), actor
- Anthony Comstock (1844–1915), censor (see Comstock Law)
- Bill Dahlen (1870–1950), Major League Baseball player, one of the outstanding early 20th century players. Lies in an unmarked grave.
- James E. Davis (1962–2003), New York City councilman (he was originally interred in Green-Wood Cemetery, but after it was realized that his assassin was also interred there, he was moved to the Cemetery of the Evergreens)
- Effie Germon (1845 - 1914), Stage actress descended from the Germon's of Baltimore an old theatrical family
- John D. Germon (1840 - 1901, Stage actor descended from the Germon's of Baltimore and old theatrical family; brother of Effie Germon
- George Hall (1849–1923), Major League Baseball player, banned from baseball for life
- Yusef Hawkins (1973-1989), murder victim
- Martin Johnson Heade (1819–1904), artist
- Lucille Hegamin (1894–1970), singer, female pioneer of the Blues
- William Hickey (1927–1997), actor
- Joseph Forsyth Johnson (1840–1906), landscape architect and great-grandfather of Bruce Forsyth
- Walt Kelly (1913–1973), cartoonist
- George H. Lindsay (1837–1916), congressman
- George W. Lindsay (1865-1938), congressman, his son
- Winsor McCay (1872–1934), cartoonist and animated cartoon pioneer
- Antonio "Tony" Pastor (1837–1908), vaudevillian
- Julia Smitten Reinhardt (1844–1924), stage actress and suffragist
- Bill "Bojangles" Robinson (1878–1949), tap dancer
- Stephen A. Rudd (1874–1936), congressman
- Joseph Thuma Schenck (c. 1891-1930), vaudevillian, better known as "Joe" Schenck, of the comedy singing team Van and Schenck
- William Steinitz (1836–1900), world chess champion
- Bob Thiele (1922–1996), record producer
- Amy Vanderbilt (1908–1974), journalist, etiquette authority
- Thomas "Blind Tom" Wiggins (1849–1908), musician
- Oscar Walker (1854–1889), Major League Baseball player
- Lester Young (1909–1959), jazz musician
- John William Warde (c.1912-1938), his widely publicized suicide inspired the movie Fourteen Hours.
- Triangle Shirtwaist fire - The bodies of eight victims of the 1911 fire lay in cemetery under a monument to the tragedy. These workers were identified later as Maria Giuseppa Lauletti, Max Florin, Concetta Prestifilippo, Josephine Cammarata, Dora Evans and Fannie Rosen.
- Rousmaniere, John. Green Oasis in Brooklyn: The Evergreens Cemetery 1849-2008. (2008) ISBN 978-0-9786899-4-0