The Woodlawn Cemetery Commemorates Caribbean-American Heritage

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Many influential leaders from the Caribbean community are among those remembered at Woodlawn.

The Woodlawn Cemetery invites visitors to come out and experience the rich Caribbean-American heritage through those that are interred at the cemetery.

The Woodlawn Cemetery has been recognized as a place where those who come from the islands of the Caribbean are remembered. Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Cuba, St. Croix, Barbados, Antigua, Jamaica, and the Bahamas, to name just a few, are represented by the notable individuals who are buried in the cemetery. Among them are politicians, political activists, preachers, and educators such as Hubert Harrison, Archbishop George A. McGuire, Carmen Miyares de Mantilla and Luther T. Powell. Caribbean entertainers and athletes such as Wilmoth Houdini, Bert Williams, Celia Cruz, Canada Lee, and Patrick McMorris are also among the notable people buried at The Woodlawn Cemetery. These notable individuals introduced New Yorkers to Caribbean culture, performing Calypso music in downtown clubs and organizing cricket matches in the parks.

At The Woodlawn Cemetery, they take pride in the Caribbean traditions as they continue to serve those who come from these island nations and the families that once called the Caribbean their home.

Visits can be coordinated via private tours by contacting Barbara Selesky at 718-408-5652 or they can be conducted independently through The Woodlawn Cemetery’s mobile app.

The Woodlawn Cemetery is located at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street in the Bronx, N.Y. For more information, visit their website at

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Founded in 1863 and located in the Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is more than 150 years old. Still an active cemetery with new development ongoing, it is one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and is a designated National Historic Landmark. Woodlawn Cemetery is the final resting place of many persons of note. Celebrated lot owners include artists, religious leaders, writers, business moguls, civic leaders, entertainers, diplomats, jazz musicians, suffragists and more.

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