Woodlawn Cemetery Celebrates Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month, Woodlawn Cemetery offers tours of famous African Americans interred at the cemetery.

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New York City's most unusual museum is not on Fifth Avenue or Madison Avenue, but on 400 acres of beautifully landscaped land at Webster Avenue and East 233rd Street in the Bronx" --Jane L. Levere, The New York Times

Woodlawn Cemetery, the final resting place of some of the nation’s most notable African Americans, is the ideal place to explore to honor Black History Month. As one of the largest cemeteries in New York City and a designated National Historic Landmark, Woodlawn Cemetery, located in the Bronx, offers private group tours and self-guided tours.

Spanning 150 years, Woodlawn Cemetery has a long history as an attractive, dignified place of rest for many prominent African Americans. It is the final resting place of many world-renowned personalities and pioneers of industry, business and entertainment - such as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and Madam C. J. Walker. African American religious leaders, civic leaders, diplomats and distinguished civil servants are also among those interred at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitors can schedule private tours for groups and can arrange them by contacting Barbara Selesky at 718.408.5652. Download the Woodlawn Cemetery Mobile App for self-guided tours, which include the Black History tour. Other available tours include the popular Jazz Musicians; Artists and Architects; Civil War; and Women's History to name a few. For more information on discovering Woodlawn, visit http://www.thewoodlawncemetery.org.

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Founded in 1863 and located in the Bronx, Woodlawn Cemetery is over 150 years old. 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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