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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

SMC Cemeteries: Greenlawn Memorial Park


Woodlawn was originally purchased by some Odd Fellows members in 1903 as cemeteries were being closed in San Francisco.


Non-sectarian burials started in 1904 independent of IOOF.  In the 1930s some 26000 burials were moved from the Odd Fellows Cemetery in San Francisco (located near Masonic and Golden Gate Aves).  Those bodies are located in a section of the cemetery that is not open to the public.  A memorial marks the interments. Tombstones from the IOOF cemetery were used to construct the Aquatic Park seawall.


Today there are over 50000 burials in Woodlawn.  The cemetery maintains a strict privacy policy, requiring a permit to take pictures of any tombstones.  Records are held in the cemetery office for burials starting in 1865.

Some of the special burial plots located in Greenlawn include: the National Association of Master Mates and Pilots of America (Union Plot), the Theatrical Mechanical Association plot, and a monument to Americans who served in the armed forces of the British Empire and the Commonwealth of Canada.  There is also a section of Chinese burials.
























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