Elmwood Cemetery (Birmingham, Alabama)
Elmwood Cemetery (also known as Elm Leaf 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. In 1900 it consisted of 40 acres, adding 40 more acres in 1904, 80 more acres in 1909, 80 more acres in 1910, 43 acres in 1924, and reached 286 acres in 1928.
|Owned by||Dignity Memorial|
|Size||412 acres (1.67 km2)|
|No. of graves||>100,000|
|Find a Grave||Elmwood Cemetery|
|The Political Graveyard||Elmwood Cemetery|
In the late 1930s, Mexican sculptor Dionicio Rodriguez created a number of large concrete sculptures for the cemetery, including a palm tree, a bridge, and a fallen log 'carved' into a bench.
The cemetery was whites only until 1970 when the family of a black soldier who died in Vietnam won a lawsuit in federal court to force the cemetery to allow their son to be buried there.
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 part of the Dignity Memorial chain.
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. There is a secondary entrance on Martin Luther King Drive just behind the Johns-Ridout's Mortuary.
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.
- Truman H. Aldrich (1848–1932) – U. S. Representative 1896–1897
- William W. Allen (1835–1894) – Confederate Major General
- Mary Anderson (1866–1953) – inventor of the windshield wiper
- Donald Beatty (1900–1980) – aviator, explorer and inventor
- Sydney J. Bowie (1865–1928) – U. S. Representative 1901–1907
- Paul W. "Bear" Bryant (1913–1983) – University of Alabama football coach
- Anna Lee "Boots" Carroll (1930–2017) – American theater, film & television actress
- Ben Chapman (1908–1993) – Major League baseball player and manager
- B. B. Comer (1848–1927) – Governor of Alabama 1907–1911, U. S. Senator 1920
- Father James Coyle (1873–1921) – assassinated priest of St. Paul's church
- George Gordon Crawford (1869–1936) – Industrialist and second graduate of Georgia Tech
- Russell McWhortor Cunningham (1855–1921) – Governor of Alabama 1904–1905
- Spud Davis (1904–1984) – professional baseball player and manager
- Henry T. DeBardeleben (1874–1948) – Coal magnate
- William Henry Denson (1846–1906) – U. S. Representative 1893–1895
- Eddie Dent (1887–1974) – professional baseball player
- Joe Domnanovich (1919–2009) – professional football player
- Henry Eugene "Red" Erwin, Sr. (1921–2002) – World War II veteran – Medal of Honor recipient
- William Dudley Geer (1922–2003) – first Dean of the School of Business at Samford University
- Milton L. Grafman (1907–1995) – Former Rabbi of Temple Emanuel and civil rights figure
- John Grenier (1930–2007) – Alabama Republican Party chairman
- Sam Hairston (1920–1997) – Major League baseball player
- Art Hanes (1916–1997) – Mayor of Birmingham 1961–1963
- Lum Harris (1915–1996) – professional baseball manager (Houston Astros & Atlanta Braves)
- Erskine Hawkins (1914–1993) – Musician, trumpeter, composer
- Cliff Holman (1929–2008) – Birmingham television celebrity
- George Huddleston (1869–1960) – U. S. Representative 1915–1937
- George Huddleston, Jr. (1920–1971) – U. S. Representative 1955–1965
- Patti Ruffner Jacobs (1875–1935) – social reformer
- Joseph Forney Johnston (1843–1913) – Governor of Alabama 1896–1900, U. S. Senator 1907–1913
- Eddie Kendricks (1939–1992) – singer, co-founder of The Temptations
- Larry Langford (1946–2019) – Alabama politician
- Dee Miles (1909–1976) – Major League baseball player
- John P. Newsome (1893–1961) – U. S. Representative 1943–1945
- Louise O. Charlton (1889–1967) – Federal Commissioner and judge, 1924–1965
- Luther Patrick (1894–1957) – U. S. Representative 1937–1943
- Sun Ra (1914–1993) – Jazz musician
- Erskine Ramsay (1864–1953) – Inventor, engineer, philanthropist
- Rufus N. Rhodes (1856–1910) – founder of the Birmingham News
- Bo Russell (1916–1997) – professional football player
- Ed Salem (1928–2001) – professional football player and restaurateur
- Albert Lee Smith, Jr. (1931–1997) – U.S. representative from Alabama's 6th congressional district from 1981 to 1983
- Fred Sington (1910–1998) – professional football player
- Jesse F. Stallings (1856–1928) – U. S. Representative 1893–1901
- Pat Sullivan (1950–2019) – Football player and coach.
- Oscar Underwood (1862–1929) – U. S. Senator 1915–1927
- Dixie Walker (1887–1965), Fred "Dixie" Walker's father
- Dixie Walker (1911–1982) – Major League baseball player
- Frank S. White (1847–1922) – U. S. Senator 1914–1915
- Abraham Woods (1928–2008) – minister and civil rights activist
- Yam Yaryan (1892–1964) – Major League baseball player
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Elmwood Cemetery
- Elmwood Cemetery at Find a Grave