In 1911, a group of black funeral directors approached the owner of Oak Hill Cemetery and proposed that a portion of the undeveloped land that he owned be opened as an African-American Cemetery. Mr. Olson agreed and Lincoln Cemetery was opened. Its first burial took place in April 1911.
Through nearly 100 years, Lincoln Cemetery has served thousands of well-known families.
Lincoln has grown through the years and today consists of three areas, each with a unique history and appearance. Old Lincoln is approximately 71 acres at the northwest corner at 12300 S. Kedzie Avenue in Chicago. Lincoln Cemetery South is approximately 23 acres at the southwest corner. Lincoln Cemetery East is approximately 18 acres on the northeast corner.
We are particularly proud of our veterans’ section, which we developed to honor soldiers who have protected and served our country. Some of its features include a dedicated statue and a Veteran’s Walk of Remembrance, where bricks can be purchased to memorialize a soldier. Each Memorial Day, we host a memorial service to honor those who have so gallantly served our country. Finally, our salute to veterans includes a commemorative vault directly linked to the Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall. After hosting The Wall in 1999, we gathered the memorabilia left by visitors and placed it in the vault, which is buried with a descriptive marker.
Across from the veterans’ section, there is a memorial dedicated to 9/11. The monument depicts an image of the twin towers, three flying airplanes and the Pentagon with an inscription that reads: “September 11, 2001. We Will Never Forget.”
Through outstanding service and a commitment to our community, the staff of Lincoln Cemetery continually strives to fulfill our motto, “Where Memories Rest with Dignity.”