Elmwood Cemetery (Birmingham, Alabama)

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Elmwood Cemetery
Details
Established 1900
Location Birmingham, Alabama
Country USA
Coordinates 33°29′19″N 86°50′46″W / 33.48861°N 86.84611°W / 33.48861; -86.84611Coordinates: 33°29′19″N 86°50′46″W / 33.48861°N 86.84611°W / 33.48861; -86.84611
Type public
Size 412 acres (1.67 km2)
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Elmwood Cemetery is a 412 acres (167 ha) cemetery established in 1900 (as Elm Leaf Cemetery) in Birmingham, Alabama northwest of Homewood by a group of fraternal organizations. It was renamed in 1906 and gradually eclipsed Oak Hill Cemetery as the most prominent burial place in the city. It has a chapel funeral home at 800 Dennison Avenue Southwest which was established in 1962 by the Lackey family for Johns-Ridout's Mortuary.

The cemetery is roughly bounded by Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, Dennison Avenue Southwest, 14th Place Southwest, and railroad tracks. The main entrance is directly across from 6th Avenue Southwest.

The cemetery is made up of about fifty large blocks, of varying shapes and sizes, each of which contains up to several hundred lots; each lot contains as many as eight or ten burial plots. As of early 2017, the cemetery contained about 130,000 burials. Notable sections include at least two areas dedicated to newborns and infants, with brass plaques that say "BABYLAND" on them. There are also four mausoleums.

The body of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing victim, Denise McNair was exhumed from Shadow Lawn Memorial Park to this cemetery by her parents in August 2007.

Notable burials[edit]