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Welcome to the Woodlawn Cemetery Genealogy Project! This group promotes the discussion of genealogy research of people researching individuals interred in historic Woodlawn Cemetery of Washington, DC. Anyone tracing families interred in historic Woodlawn Cemetery is welcome to join. Don't have family at Woodlawn? Feel free to adopt a family!

The Woodlawn Cemetery Genealogy Project is sponsored by the associations of historic Woodlawn Cemetery. There are more than 36,000 people interred in Woodlawn, and the project goal is to learn about the lives of every one of them! Based on the age of our historic cemetery, each of the interred has contributed to the history and growth of the DC Metropolitan area as well as the United States of America. This online community is a great place to post surname requests, receive or provide advice/suggestions for research, share genealogical/historical events, and more!

Our history begins with Graceland, an integrated cemetery founded in 1872, and located near the intersection of Benning Road and H Street NE. Facing the impending urbanization of the area, several individuals associated with Graceland Cemetery decided to move Graceland to a more rural area. In 1895, historic Woodlawn Cemetery was founded. Initial interments in Woodlawn, from 1895 to 1898, were primarily re-interments of more than 6,000 people from Graceland Cemetery. Subsequent interments included many prominent African Americans, among them Blanche K. Bruce, born a slave in 1841 and elected to the U.S. Senate in 1875, and John Mercer Langston, U.S. Representative from Virginia and Dean of the Howard University Law School from 1869 to 1879. In honor of the prominence of many of the interred, Woodlawn Cemetery was placed on the DC Inventory of Historic Sites in 1991 and on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.

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