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Introduction to Elmwood Cemetery
824 South Dudley St.
Memphis, TN 38104
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Opened in 1852, Elmwood is Memphis' oldest active cemetery. The present-day Elmwood occupies 80 acres in inner-city Memphis.
A wide assortment of people call Elmwood "home", including generals, politicians, Confederate soldiers, victims of the yellow fever epidemics of 1800s, outlaws, and everyday folks. Some of these people have massive monuments in their honor, some rest beneath dilapidated tombstones that are sinking into the ground.
Without a doubt, Elmwood is one of the most fascinating places to visit in Memphis. With its breathtaking statuary and rich history, it is not to be missed. Enjoy this photographic preview of the beauty you'll find at Elmwood.Continue to 2 of 11 below.
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Home Sweet Home
Some of Elmwood's residents were so prominent in life, that they were issued addresses in death, as you can see from this photo.Continue to 3 of 11 below.
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Gone and Perhaps Forgotten
There is no way to tell how long this plot's occupant has been buried here, but it's safe to say that it has been quite a while. Many of the cemetery's engravings have faded away.Continue to 4 of 11 below.
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A Room with No View
Elmwood is full of mausoleums. In the photo you can see two of them, one of which is built into the grassy hill.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Church Family Mausoleum
This mausoleum is where Robert Church and his family are entombed. Church founded the Solvent Savings Bank and Trust Company and was reported to be the South's first African-American millionaire.Continue to 6 of 11 below.
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In the Round
Beyond the tombstones at the forefront of this photo, a Memphis couple is buried beneath the circular structure. In 2002, grounds of Elmwood Cemetery were entered on the National Register of Historic Places.Continue to 7 of 11 below.
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Grave of Boss Crump
This obelisk monument was erected above the grave of E.H. Crump, former mayor and political boss of Memphis.Continue to 8 of 11 below.
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A Little Spooky
This quartet of graves is located in the shade of a magnificent magnolia tree that makes the scene a little eerie. More than 75,000 people have been laid to rest in Elmwood through the years.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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A Watchful Eye
This angel is keeping watch over the grave next to which she is situated. This style of monument reflects the Victorian style, which presented a romanticized view of death and often used symbols like angels and flowers.Continue to 10 of 11 below.
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A Beautiful Place to VisitThis view of Elmwood represents only a small portion of the cemetery but should give you an idea of its vast beauty and hopefully, inspire you to make a visit.Continue to 11 of 11 below.
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Elmwood Visiting Info and Tours
One Saturday a month, Elmwood Cemetery offers a docent-led tour walking through the cemetery. The tours are open to the public and cost $15 per person. Register online ahead of time and plan to be at the cemetery's Cottage at 10:30 a.m. for an hour and a half tour.