woodlawn cemetery

Like mother, like daughter. This beauty parlor was run by the daughter of Madame CJ Walker who was one of the first African-American millionaires, and is credited as being the first female millionaire as well. Daughter A'Lelia Walker was born in 1885 and became president of her mother’s company in 1919, a position she held until her 1935 passing. Beyond her business, she also immersed herself in Harlem’s social scene and became quite the patron of the arts. In the 1920s she’d host artistic gatherings at her townhouse on Lenox Ave. A townhouse designed by Vertner Tandy, first registered African-American architect in NYC, and designed of Madame CJ Walker’s mansion Villa Lewaro. In 1927, she even converted a floor of the townhouse into a salon for cultural luminaries to gather. She dies in August of 1931, in much the same manner as her mother and was buried next to her mother at Woodlawn cemetery.
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Robinson, Mrs., Beauty Parlors (for Colored People).
DATE: 1915

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Above is a piece of sheet music of the song “St. Louis Blues” written in 1914 by the “Father of the Blues”, William Christopher “W.C.” Handy. 

“St. Louis Blues” was W.C. Handy’s most famous composition, so much so that the opening notes of it are engraved on his gravestone marker!   He rests in Woodlawn Cemetery’s Cosmos plot alongside his beloved wife Elizabeth and several members of their family (they had six children.)

You can listen to W.C. Handy’s orchestra playing the song here, via YouTube (it’s where I found that picture posted above of his orchestra):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTPEDODqmJU

Here’s a clip of actress Margot Bingham singing a wonderfully sultry rendition of “St. Louis Blues” as character Daughter Maitland in HBO’s series “Boardwalk Empire” (season 4, episode 6)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbzyQ6wjgdY

There is video of the man himself performing the song on Ed Sullivan’s “Toast of the Town” TV show in 1949:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkOcO5HXbk8

W.C. Handy’s Wikipedia page has a lot of biographical info about him:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W._C._Handy

If you want to say “Hey” to a suffragette tonight

Bronx, NY: Woodlawn Cemetery: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Carrie Chapman Catt, Mary Garrett Hay, and Alva Vanderbilt Belmont.  They ask you put your stickers on the posters, not the graves.  Posters will stay up through Sunday.

Rochester, NY: Mount Hope Cemetery: Susan B. Anthony.  Open until 9pm.

Fayetteville, NY: Fayetteville Cemetery: Matilda Gage

Cinnaminson, NJ: Westfield Friends Burial Ground: Alice Paul

Philadelphia, PA: Fairhill Burial Ground: Lucretia Mott

Chicago, IL: Oakwoods Cemetery: Ida B. Wells

Battle Creek, MI: Oak Hills Cemetery Crematorium: Sojourner Truth

Buffalo, NY: Forest Lawn Cemetery: Shirley Chisholm.  (Not a suffragette, but worth visiting today for her historic run for the presidency) 

Washington, DC: Congressional Cemetery: Belva Lockwood

Brooklyn, NY: Holy Cross Cemetery: Lucy Burns

Lewis, NY: Lewis Cemetery: Inez Milholland

Boston, MA: Forest Hill Cemetery: Lucy Stone

Council Bluffs, IA: Fairview Cemetery: Amelia Bloomer

Madison: WI: Forest Hill Cemetery: Belle Case La Follette 

Argonia, KS: Argonia Cemetery: Susanna Salter

Mount Pleasant, IA: Forest Home Cemetery: Arabella Mansfield

Cold Spring Harbor, NY: St John’s Churchyard: Rosalie Jones

St. Louis, MO: Bellefontaine Cemetery: Christine Orrick Fordyce, Virginia L Minor and Phoebe Wilson Couzins

Norwalk, CT: Riverside Cemetery: Helena Hill Weed and Elsie Hill Levitt

Bozeman, MT: Sunset Hills: Mary Long-Alderson

Missoula MT: Missoula Cemetery: Jeannette Rankin

Niota, TN: Niolta Cemetery: Febb Ensminger Burn

Cornish City, NH: Chase Cemetery: Juliet Barrett Rublee

Jacksonville, FL: Evergreen Cemetery: Grace Wilbur Trout

Westbury, NY: Cemetery of the Holy Rood: “Unsinkable” Molly Brown

Cleveland Heights, OH: Lake View Cemetery: Belle Sherwin

Craftsbury, VT: Craftsbury Common Cemetery: Caroline Burnham Kilgore

Hazelhurst, MS: Shelton Cemetery: Burnita Shelton Matthews

Albuquerque, NM: Fairview Memorial Park: Ruth Hanna McCormick

List is being updated with new names and locations as they are found.