Events April 2018

Visitors are welcome to step back into history and experience eighty acres of stately trees and statuary in the beautiful blend of nature and art that is Elmwood Cemetery.

Please come by the Victorian Carpenter Gothic Cottage which serves as our Visitor Center for maps, audio tours, picnic tables and handicap accessible restrooms. Research assistance is also available in the cottage, and security is on the grounds during business hours.

Once you register for an event through Paypal or over the phone you will be added to the registration list for that event. For Paypal registrations, you may print your receipt or save it to your mobile device, but it is not necessary. You can simply give your name, or the name of the purchaser, when you arrive for the event. 


Stone College Class

Elmwood is known for its large collection of Victorian funerary art. Students enrolling in Stone College will be trained to assist in the preservation of Elmwood’s oldest and most fragile monuments. This workshop will focus on cleaning, restoring monuments. Graduates of this workshop will be invited to participate in scheduled monument cleanings and restoration events throughout the year. The workshop will start at 10:00 and last about two hours.

To enroll in Stone College, the following requirements should be met:

  • Wear comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting very dirty
  • You should be able to move or lift 40 pounds, shovel clay dirt, stoop and bend for more than 30 minutes
  • You should be able to tolerate varying weather conditions
  • You should be willing to follow instructions carefully 

Please email Kelly at historian [at] elmwoodcemetery [dot] org to register or call 901-774-3212 for more information.  


The Memphis Upstanders Tour

A History Tour

The older I get the greater power I seem to have to help the world; I am like a snowball - the further I am rolled, the more I gain.

-Susan B. Anthony

Another new offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Assistant Director Bob Barnett will guide guests on a 90 minute walking tour of the activists and agitators who rest beneath our trees. You will visit civil rights activists, suffragists, political leaders, business people, and clergy on this tour. These are the people that stood up and made the world a better place - and they were from Memphis.

This tour begins at 10:30 AM. We will cover a great deal of the cemetery grounds on foot and excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing are recommended. Advance registration is required by clickingon the link below or by calling 901-774-3212. $20 per person; all proceeds go to the maintenance of Elmwood Cemetery. 

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Still We Rise: The African-American Women of Elmwood

A History Tour

A new tour offering from Elmwood Cemetery! Join volunteer tour guide Mable Barringer as she leads guests on a tour to visit some of the outstanding African-American Women who rest within Elmwood. Tales of political leaders, poets, teachers, Civil Rights activists, stories of community and much more will be shared during this 2 hour walking tour. The tour begins at 10:30 AM.

This tour covers a great deal of the cemetery grounds. We recommend excellent walking shoes and weather-appropriate clothing. Advance registraiton is required and can be made by clicking on the link below or calling 901-774-3212. The cost is $20 per guest; all proceeds from the tour will benefit the maintance of Elmwood Cemetery.  

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Scandals & Scoundrels

A Public Walking Tour of Elmwood's Notorious Residents


This popular tour will sell out quickly!

Among Elmwood's 75,000 residents are the famous and infamous.  Sinners and saints. Mayors and madams. Politicians and perfectly ordinary citizens. Each of them has a story to tell...and some of those stories don't have happy endings.

Join us for a look at the lives of those who contributed the notorious stories of Memphis history that we love to hear. This tour is for grown-ups only, please!

This tour is all-walking and lasts about 90 minutes and costs $20 per person. Advance registration is required. Starts at 1:00 PM.