Woodlawn Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)

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Woodlawn Cemetery
Woodlawn Cemetery DC.jpg
View from the front gate
Woodlawn Cemetery (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
Woodlawn Cemetery (Washington, D.C.)
Location 4611 Benning Rd., SE
Washington, District of Columbia
Coordinates 38°53′6″N 76°56′19″W / 38.88500°N 76.93861°W / 38.88500; -76.93861Coordinates: 38°53′6″N 76°56′19″W / 38.88500°N 76.93861°W / 38.88500; -76.93861
Area 22.7 acres (9.2 ha)
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 96001499[1]
Added to NRHP December 20, 1996

Woodlawn Cemetery is a historic cemetery in Washington, D.C.. It occupies approximately 22.5 acres in Southeast, Washington, D.C.


It was founded in 1895, and was closed in 1970.

There are many prominent African Americans buried there, including Blanche Kelso Bruce, a U.S. Senator from Mississippi, and John Mercer Langston, a Congressman from Virginia. Both Bruce and Langston's graves are marked by monuments near each other on the hillside. The graves of two other early African Americans elected to Congress, John Willis Menard and Richard H. Cain, whose grave may have been removed here from Graceland Cemetery c. 1895-98, are both apparently unmarked.

Volunteers are working to restore the cemetery, using ground penetrating radar, after decades of neglect.[2][3] In early 2013, however, much of the cemetery remained overgrown and many of its markers had been vandalized and moved.

A play, Woodlawn, about the cemetery was produced by Young Playwrights' Theater.[4]

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