824 S. Dudley St.Memphis, TN 38104901-774-3212
OFFICE HOURS Monday - Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm | Saturday 8 am - noon
Elmwood Cemetery's grounds are open every day from 8 am till 4:30 pm. There is no admission charge.
Eighty thousand people rest in Elmwood Cemetery. They created the world we inhabit. Gave us our culture.
And they made the music that the world knows us for.
2022 Soul of the City from Elmwood Cemetery on Vimeo.
This October, you can meet the songwriters, producers, composers, and singers of Elmwood Cemetery. They'll tell their stories from afternoon to evening from Thursday, October 6th to Saturday, October 8th.
Hear about Jimmie Lunceford's incredible accomplishments in teaching high schoolers Big Band music so well that they toured nationally, even performing in the Cotton Club. Listen to Sister Thea Bowman's glorious march towards Sainthood, and how she influenced Catholic church music. Walk through the sacred cemetery grounds, visiting our residents as their music floats by you. Grammy Award-winners, the legend of Stagger Lee, the beloved cook to a King, a sweet horn section, rock 'n roll, and the blues will be a part of the story we tell.
This incredible event happens only once a year. Begin your October festivities at Elmwood Cemetery.
The Soul of the City Tour is taking place over three nights this year: October 6th, 7th, and 8th! Tickets may be purchased here.
New this year, join us for snacks or dinner after your tour ends.
Friday night: Pok Cha's Egg Rolls & More
Saturday night: 9DOUGH1
The Soul of the City Tour is being brought to you in part by the Crawford Howard Private Foundation.
Please help us thank and celebrate our generous sponsors.
Crone Monument Company
Last Stop Sponsor
Carol & Will Leatherman
Ellen & Kevin Rardin
HHM Certified Public Accountants
Michael & Carolyn Fisher
Nino & Charles Shipp
Mr. and Mrs. Michael C. Williams
Baltz & Sons Concrete
Boyle Insurance Agency
Kat & Dave Schwartz
Nora & Dan Conaway
Lincoln's Costume Shoppe
Sponsorship of the Soul of the City is also provided by the following dedicated Cradle Gardeners:
Kim Lane, Vicki & Dan Murrell, Lyn & Ted Bailey, Linda Smothers, Elizabeth Mills, Judy Card, Erin Hillis, Teresa Ward
To become a sponsor, Click here and choose your sponsorship level.
Elmwood Cemetery's Soul of the City event is a uniquely-Tennessee arts event. Become an Arts Advocate by purchasing a specialty license plate today, and support the future of Tennessee arts.