Memorial Park Cemetery (Memphis, Tennessee)
Sculptures of Dionicio Rodriguez at Memorial Park Cemetery
Entrance to the Crystal Shrine Grotto
|Architectural style||Concrete construction, imitating wood and natural rock. Artificial rock formations with caves.|
|NRHP Reference #||90001867|
|Added to NRHP||January 31, 1991|
Crystal Shrine Grotto
In 1935 Mexican artist Dionicio Rodriguez was hired to beautify the park with sculptures. Annie Laurie’s Wishing Chair, Broken Tree Bench, Abrahams Oak, Pool of Hebron and Cave of Machpelah are some of the most important sculptures that can be found in different locations throughout the cemetery.
In 1938 construction of the Crystal Shrine Grotto began. The grotto is a 60 ft (18.3 m) deep, hand-built cave in a hillside near the center of the cemetery, filled with 5 tons (4.5 t) of quartz crystal, hence the name Crystal Shrine Grotto. The grotto was completed after Rodriguez' death in 1955. The shrines in the grotto illustrate the stages of "Christ's Journey on the Earth from Birth to Resurrection".
Since 1991, the Crystal Shrine Grotto has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places for Tennessee.
- James Pinckney Alley, early cartoonist
- Don Briscoe, actor
- Laura Bullion, female Old West outlaw
- Ronnie Caldwell, musician with the Bar-Kays
- Jimmy Griffin, musician
- Isaac Hayes, singer and actor
- Bill Justis, musician, composer, arranger
- Shawn Lane, composer, guitarist, pianist, musician
- Gilbert Earl Patterson, Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ
- Sam Phillips, record producer
- Jay Reatard, musician
- Charlie Rich, singer
- Rufus Thomas, singer
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2007-01-23.
- http://www.memorialparkfuneralandcemetery.com/?page=pg__aboutus Memorial Park Cemetery website
- Tennessee Newspaper Hall of Fame: James P. Alley
- Magness, Perre, Cohort of Butch, Sundance 'retired' here, Commercial Appeal, Memphis, Jan. 12, 1995, page EC2