Woodlawn Cemetery, Detroit, MI [HD] 23 min



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Woodlawn Cemetery
19975 Woodward Avenue
South of 8 Mile on West side of Woodward
Detroit, MI 48203
(313) 368-0010

Since its founding in 1895, Woodland Cemetery attracted some of the most prominent and notable individuals in the city of Detroit. The cemetery is also home to one of the largest collections of private mausoleums in the country (150 private estates). The cemetery is large; 140 acres with 71,000 interments.

The “Mother of the Modern Civil Rights Movement”, Rosa Parks is interred in Woodlawn’s beautiful mausoleum.

This is Ronald Winans (1956–2005), gospel singer and member of the gospel group the Winans family.

“The King of Pop”, Michael Jackson has a commemorative cenotaph in the cemetery.

Levi Stubbs (1936–2008) – Lead singer of Motown’s Four Tops.

The Dodge (auto magnate) family mausoleum was built in a Neo-Egyptian style in 1915 by the Lloyd Brothers Company of Toledo, OH. The Dodge brothers opened a machine shop in 1901 that build motors and steering gear for early Ford cars. Eventually, the owned 20% of Ford Motor stock, which they sold to finance their own car company.

Edsel (Ford Motor Company president for 24 years and son of Henry Ford) and Eleanor Ford are in the cemetery, along with Benson Ford, the second son of Edsel Ford and brother of Henry Ford II and William Clay Ford, Sr.

Soul singer Aretha Franklin’s father and minister (Clarence), her sister and singer Carolyn, older brother and minister Cecil, and older sister and singer Erma are buried at the cemetery.

This is Don Barden, well-known Detroit businessman, casino executive (first black casino owner in Vegas), cable entrepreneur, to name a few.

Other music artists buried at Woodlawn include: David Ruffin (1941–1991) – Lead singer of The Temptations and Renaldo “Obie” Benson (1937–2005) – Member of Motown’s Four Tops.

Billy Henderson (1939–2007) – Lead singer of The Spinners and Ronald White (1938–1995) – Member of Motown’s The Miracles.

Lawrence Payton (1938–1997) – Member of Motown’s Four Tops and DeShaun Dupree “Proof” Holton (1973–2006) – Rap musician.

Edward Patten (1939–2005) – Member of Gladys Knight & The Pips and Barbara Randolph (1942–2002) – Motown/R&B singer.

Dee Edwards (1945–2006) – Soul singer and James Jamerson (1938–1983) – Motown bass guitarist.

Marv Johnson (1938–1993) – Motown/R&B singer and Lewis Albert Martin (1923–2005) – Jazz musician.

Living legends Stevie Wonder and Diana Ross both have sites reserved at Woodlawn.

Roy D. Chapin (1880–1936) – Industrialist, automaker and US Secretary of Commerce and Albert Cobo (1893–1957) – Mayor of Detroit are in the cemetery.

Susie Garrett (1929–2002) – Actress, star of Punky Brewster and sister of actress Marla Gibbs and playwright Albert Hatton Gilmer (1878–1950) are buried in Woodlawn as well.

This is the mausoleum for James J. Couzens (1872–1936)- US Senator and Mayor of Detroit. he was also an early investor in Ford Motor – his shared later purchased back for $30 million.

Alex Groesbeck (1873–1953) – Michigan Governor and Attorney General and George M. Holley Sr. – Automotive engineer, designer and founder of Holley Carburetor are buried at Woodlawn.
George W. Trendle (1884–1972) – Creator of The Lone Ranger and The Green Hornet and Joseph L. Hudson (1846–1912) – department store magnate are also burred at Woodlawn.
Edgar Guest (1881–1959) – Writer and Poet Laureate of Michigan.
Clayton Grinnell – founder family of the giant music store Grimmell Brothers (world’s largest piano factory and world’s largest piano distributor by the mid-1950s).
Frank J. Hecker (1846–1927) – Railroad car manufacturer and business partner of art collector Charles Lang Freer.
Julanne Johnston (1900-1988) – Silent Film actress.
Ed Killian (1876–1928) – Major League Baseball pitcher.
Alfred Lucking (1856–1929) – Congressman.
Blair Moody (1902–1954) – US Senator and newspaper reporter.
Elijah E. Myers (1832–1909) – Architect of the Colorado, Michigan and Texas State Capitols.
Hazen Pingree (1840–1901) – Detroit Mayor and Michigan Governor.
George Martin Shrake (1899–1991) – Singer, bandleader and radio personality (stage name: George Ray).
Carl M. Weideman (1898–1972) – Congressman.
Richard Storrs Willis (1819–1900) – Composer of It Came Upon a Midnight Clear and other hymns.
Earl Wilson (1934–2005) – Major League baseball pitcher.
C.J. Whitney – owner of the Detroit Opera House
Charles Van Dusen – president of the S.S Kresge Company from 1925 to 1938 and major fund raiser for Detroit’s Masonic Temple.
Matilda Dodge Wilson – (1883–1967) Widow of John Dodge and Alfred Wilson, benefactor of Michigan State University

The Felician Sisters : Livonia, MI 2017



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Took the drone out on this sunny day to do a little flying. This is the Felician Sisters Convent and church located in Livonia, Michigan. It kind of stands out in the city, as the grounds are incredibly well kept and the architecture is quite beautiful.

The Felician Sisters is a religious institute of pontifical right whose members profess public vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience and follow the evangelical way of life in common. It is officially known as the Congregation of Sisters of St. Felix of Cantalice Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Story in the News: ABC12 Frankenmuth, MI



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Larry Elliott of ABC12 in Flint interviews Pastor Mark Brandt of St Lorenz Lutheran Church and Linda Howard of Frankenmuth United Methodist Church in Frankenmuth, Michigan about their city-wide worship celebration to mark the completion of The Story, which they did together with all five churches in the city of Frankenmuth this past year, including the Catholic church and two non-denominational churches.

The Inn at 97 Wider Detroit MI 1870’s Grand Mansion



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Assumption Greek Orthodox – St Clair Shores, MI



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Reuter Pipe Organ – First Presbyterian Church Royal Oak, MI



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This photo presentation documents the building and installation of the Reuter pipe organ for First Presbyterian Church, Royal Oak, MI. Accompanying music is an excerpt from one of the Centennial Organ dedication concerts, performed in March of 2014 by Duo Nouveau – Joseph Jackson, piano, and Ronald Krebs, organist.

The Fantaisie for Piano and Organ of Clifford Demarest opened the program. Demarest (1874–1946), was an organist and composer who served Church of the Messiah in New York City. He was also among the early executive officers of the American Guild of Organists from 1917-1920.

This video was prepared in conjunction with the October 2014 cover feature for The American Organist, the official journal of the American Guild of Organists.

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