What Are Some Facts About the Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York?


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The Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx, New York, covers 400 acres of land dotted with sarcophagi, monuments, ornate tombstones and over 1,300 mausoleums that were created by well-known architects, artists and designers. The cemetery boasts of famous residents, such as jazz musicians, writers, artists and suffragists. Built in 1863, and named a national Historic Landmark in 2011, the cemetery has more than 300,000 individuals buried on the property, as of 2015.

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The cemetery features the work of many famous artists, including Louis Comfort Tiffany, the famous glass artist, who made stained-glass lamps and designed jewelry. Another artist whose work can be seen at the cemetery is Daniel Chester French, the sculptor who carved Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial.

Many famous individuals are buried on these grounds, including Herman Melville, who wrote "Moby-Dick" and "Typee," and writer Joseph Pulitzer, who spent his career in the newspaper industry and became the inventor of many journalistic techniques and the father of the Pulitzer Prize. Musicians Irving Berlin and Duke Ellington also rest in Woodlawn Cemetery. Political activists buried there include politician Fiorello H. La Guardia and 19th-century suffragist and abolitionist Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

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