19975 Woodward Avenue
South of 8 Mile on West side of Woodward
Detroit, MI 48203
Since its founding in 1895, Woodland Cemetery attracted some of the most prominent and notable individuals in the city of Detroit. The cemetery is also home to one of the largest collections of private mausoleums in the country (150 private estates). The cemetery is large; 140 acres with 71,000 interments.
The “Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks is interred in Woodlawn’s beautiful mausoleum.
This is Ronald Winans (1956–2005), gospel singer and member of the gospel group the Winans family.
“The King of Pop”, Michael Jackson has a commemorative cenotaph in the cemetery.
Levi Stubbs (1936–2008) – Lead singer of Motown’s Four Tops.
The Dodge (auto magnate) family mausoleum was built in a Neo-Egyptian style in 1915 by the Lloyd Brothers Company of Toledo, OH. The Dodge brothers opened a machine shop in 1901 that build motors and steering gear for early Ford cars. Eventually, the owned 20% of Ford Motor stock, which they sold to finance their own car company.
Edsel (Ford Motor Company president for 24 years and son of Henry Ford) and Eleanor Ford are in the cemetery, along with Benson Ford, the second son of Edsel Ford and brother of Henry Ford II and William Clay Ford, Sr.
Soul singer Aretha Franklin’s father and minister (Clarence), her sister and singer Carolyn, older brother and minister Cecil, and older sister and singer Erma are buried at the cemetery.
This is Don Barden, well-known Detroit businessman, casino executive (first black casino owner in Vegas), cable entrepreneur, to name a few.
Other music artists buried at Woodlawn include: David Ruffin (1941–1991) – Lead singer of The Temptations and Renaldo “Obie” Benson (1937–2005) – Member of Motown’s Four Tops.
Billy Henderson (1939–2007) – Lead singer of The Spinners and Ronald White (1938–1995) – Member of Motown’s The Miracles.
Lawrence Payton (1938–1997) – Member of Motown’s Four Tops and DeShaun Dupree “Proof” Holton (1973–2006) – Rap musician.
Edward Patten (1939–2005) – Member of Gladys Knight & The Pips and Barbara Randolph (1942–2002) – Motown/R&B singer.
Dee Edwards (1945–2006) – Soul singer and James Jamerson (1938–1983) – Motown bass guitarist.
Marv Johnson (1938–1993) – Motown/R&B singer and Lewis Albert Martin (1923–2005) – Jazz musician.
Living legends Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross both have sites reserved at Woodlawn.
Roy D. Chapin (1880–1936) – Industrialist, automaker and US Secretary of Commerce and Albert Cobo (1893–1957) – Mayor of Detroit are in the cemetery.
Susie Garrett (1929–2002) – Actress, star of Punky Brewster and sister of actress Marla Gibbs and playwright Albert Hatton Gilmer (1878–1950) are buried in Woodlawn as well.
This is the mausoleum for James J. Couzens (1872–1936)- US Senator and Mayor of Detroit. he was also an early investor in Ford Motor – his shared later purchased back for $30 million.
Alex Groesbeck (1873–1953) – Michigan Governor and Attorney General and George M. Holley Sr. – Automotive engineer, designer and founder of Holley Carburetor are buried at Woodlawn.
George W. Trendle (1884–1972) – Creator of The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet and Joseph L. Hudson (1846–1912) – department store magnate are also burred at Woodlawn.
Edgar Guest (1881–1959) – Writer and Poet Laureate of Michigan.
Clayton Grinnell – founder family of the giant music store Grimmell Brothers (world’s largest piano factory and world’s largest piano distributor by the mid-1950s).
Frank J. Hecker (1846–1927) – Railroad car manufacturer and business partner of art collector Charles Lang Freer.
Julanne Johnston (1900-1988) – Silent Film actress.
Ed Killian (1876–1928) – Major League Baseball pitcher.
Alfred Lucking (1856–1929) – Congressman.
Blair Moody (1902–1954) – US Senator and newspaper reporter.
Elijah E. Myers (1832–1909) – Architect of the Colorado, Michigan and Texas State Capitols.
Hazen Pingree (1840–1901) – Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor.
George Martin Shrake (1899–1991) – Singer, bandleader and radio personality (stage name: George Ray).
Carl M. Weideman (1898–1972) – Congressman.
Richard Storrs Willis (1819–1900) – Composer of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and other hymns.
Earl Wilson (1934–2005) – Major League baseball pitcher.
C.J. Whitney – owner of the Detroit Opera House
Charles Van Dusen – president of the S.S Kresge Company from 1925 to 1938 and major fund raiser for Detroit’s Masonic Temple.
Matilda Dodge Wilson – (1883–1967) Widow of John Dodge and Alfred Wilson, benefactor of Michigan State University