Greenwood Project

Greenwood Cemetery

For more than 120 years, Greenwood Cemetery has served as the final resting place for many of Nashville’s African-American community members.

The Greenwood Project, started in 2014 by Kathy Lauder, seeks to create an as comprehensive list as possible of individuals buried in the historic African American Greenwood Cemetery here in Nashville, Tennessee (including Mt. Ararat & Greenwood Cemetery West). Burial records are culled from a variety of sources, including personal family knowledge, newspaper obituaries, death certificates, extant burial listings, and more.

As a complement to her work, Kathy creates short biographies of interred individuals to showcase the rich life experiences of those that lie in rest at the cemetery.  Those biographies are listed below. New bios are posted each week on the Greenwood Project Facebook page.  Visit the page to connect with others interested in the cemetery and those buried there. If you have family members and loved ones at Greenwood, please let Kathy know!


  • Adkins, Ceclia Nabrit – bio
  • Adkins, Dr. Rutherford Hamlet – bio
  • Adkins, Dr. Vivian Bernice Lee – bio
  • Allen, Henry W. – bio
  • Allison, Evelyn Louise – bio
  • Ashhurst, Dr. John Christopher – bio
  • Bailey, Deford – bio
  • Barbee, Lucille – bio
  • Battle, John Henry – bio
  • Bishop, Rev. Alice B. Hill – bio
  • Bodenhamer, Capt. William David – bio
  • Bontemps, Arna Wendell – bio
  • Bowman, Eva Lowery – bio
  • Bowman, Lemuel Arthur – bio
  • Boyd, Henry Allen – bio
  • Boyd, Richard Henry – bio
  • Boyd, Dr. Robert Fulton – bio
  • Bradley, Dr. J. Robert Lee – bio
  • Braden, Rev. John W. – bio
  • Bragg, Dr. Emma Louise White – bio
  • Bronson, Edna Barnett – bio
  • Brown, Dr. Dorothy Lavinia – bio
  • Bryant, Ruth Holmes – bio
  • Bunch, Sidney – bio
  • Burgess, Dr. Landry Edward – bio | profile
  • Burgess, Rev. Elizabeth Kennedy – bio | profile
  • Burrus, James Dallas – bio
  • Burrus, John Houston – bio
  • Burrus, Dr. Preston Robert – bio
  • Carney, Joe Edward – bio
  • Carr, Benjamin J. – bio
  • Carroll, Joe Howard – bio
  • Carter Jr., Dr. Hazo William – bio
  • Caruth, Willie Thurl – bio
  • Cheatham, Adolphus Anthony “Doc” – bio
  • Churchwell Sr., Robert – bio
  • Clark, Cortelia – bio
  • Coleman, Mattie Elizabeth Howard – bio
  • Cox, Benjamin – bio
  • Cox, Jeannette Norvell Keeble – bio
  • Creswell Sr., Isaiah Thomas – bio
  • Creswell, Pearl Winifred Sanders – bio
  • Dansby, Dr. Pearl May Gore – bio
  • Darden, Thomas J. – bio
  • Davis, Walter Strother – bio
  • Edmondson, William – bio
  • Early, Jordan Winston – bio
  • Early, Sara Jane Woodson – bio
  • Easley, Gwendolyn Eugenia Hardison – bio
  • Elam, Dr. Lloyd C. – bio
  • Ennix Sr., Coyness Loyal – bio
  • Ferguson, Meredith G. – bio
  • Fite, Charles “Charlie” Howard – bio
  • Frierson, John Wesley – bio
  • Fulton, John Evans – bio
  • Gillam Sr., Joseph W. – bio
  • Gooch, Monroe – bio
  • Gore Jr., Dr. George W. – bio
  • Gowdy, Capt. Charles C. – bio
  • Gunter, Marcus – bio
  • Hadley, Dr. Charles O. – bio
  • Hadley, Dr. William Abrum – bio
  • Hale, John Henry – bio
  • Hale, Millie Essie Gibson – bio
  • Hall, Minnie Tate – bio
  • Harding, Henry – bio
  • Harris, Solomon P. – bio
  • Harris, Vander Edthridge – bio
  • Hawkins Sr., William Daniel – bio
  • Hightower, Brown – bio
  • Hill, Zema W. – bio
  • Holloway, Josephine Groves – bio
  • Hooper, George – bio
  • House, Callie Guy – bio
  • Howard Jr., Dr. David Hooper – bio
  • Hubbard, Dr. George Whipple – bio
  • Hudson, Robert Jackson – bio
  • Irvin, Capt. W.L. – bio
  • Johnson, Dr. Charles Spurgeon – bio
  • Johnson, Halle Tanner Dillon – bio
  • Keeble, Laura Catherine Jackson – bio
  • Keeble, Marshall – bio
  • Keeble, Sampson Wesley – bio
  • Kelley, Rev. Alfred Z. – bio
  • Kimbro, Henry “Kimmie” – bio
  • Langston Jr., Carroll Napier – bio
  • Lester, Dr. John Angelo – bio
  • Lewis, Felix Early – bio
  • Lillard, Robert E. – bio
  • Looby, Zephaniah Alexander – bio
  • Lyon, Kate L. – bio
  • McCord, Clinton Hill “Butch” – bio
  • McCullough Jr., Rev. Robert – bio
  • McGavock, Nelson – bio
  • McKissack III, Moses – bio
  • Merritt, John Ayers – bio
  • Merry, Nelson G. – bio
  • Napier, James Carroll – bio
  • Napier, Nettie DeElla Langston Napier – bio
  • Neely, Beverly Gail – bio
  • Noel Jr., Henry Thomas – bio
  • Noel Sr., Dr. Henry Thomas – bio
  • Overton, Jelani Khalib – bio
  • Page, Robert Joe – bio
  • Patterson, Bertha L. Ridley – bio
  • Perry, Hattie McDaniel – bio
  • Pierce, Juno Seay Frankie – bio
  • Price, Josie – bio
  • Reed, Waymon L. – bio
  • Robinson, America W. – bio
  • Roman, Charles Victor – bio
  • Rucker, Paula Ruth Peppers – bio
  • Sanders, Frances Agnew – bio
  • Scott, Isaiah Benjamin – bio
  • Shelton, Roscoe – bio
  • Simmons, Rev. William James – bio
  • Smith, Kelly Miller – bio
  • Stone, Augusta – bio
  • Stone, Hortense – bio
  • Stone, Lee – bio
  • Stone, Nannie – bio
  • Stone, Sallie – bio
  • Talley, Thomas Washington – bio
  • Tate, Mary Magdelena “Lena” Street Lewis – bio
  • Taylor, Georgia Gordon – bio
  • Taylor, Preston – bio
  • Thomas, Lillian Dunn – bio
  • Todd Jr., Dr. David Bernard – bio
  • Townsend, Dr. Arthur Melvin – bio
  • Townsend, Willa Ann Hadley – bio
  • Tyree, Bishop Evans – bio
  • Vandervall, Randall – bio
  • Walker, Dr. Charlotte Rose – bio
  • Walker, Dr. Matthew – bio
  • Washington, George E. – bio
  • Welch Jr., Rev. Wilson Q. – bio
  • Wells, Dr. Josie English – bio
  • West, Dr. Harold D. – bio
  • West Sr., Rev. Ottie L. – bio
  • White, Carrie Richardson – bio
  • White Jr., Dr. George Richardson – bio
  • White, Kathryn Lee – bio
  • Williams Jr., Avon Nyanza – bio
  • Williams, Peggy Muse – bio
  • Wilson, Thomas T. – bio
  • Woods, George – bio
  • Womack, Samuel W. – bio
  • Work II, John Wesley – bio
  • Work III, John Wesley – bio
  • Work Sr., John Wesley – bio

 

 

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