Famous People Buried at Forest Hills
Forest Hills is a place dedicated to memory. Here, it is possible to connect with the inspiring stories of people whose "lives well lived" reflect the rich and diverse history of New England. Artists and writers, entrepreneurs and inventors, social reformers and government leaders are buried here. The Forest Hills Educational Trust seeks to celebrate these individuals for their lives of creativity and accomplishment through walking tours and special programs.
A short list of some of the notable people buried or memorialized at Forest Hills is below.
For more information about the people buried at Forest Hills, take a walking tour led by one of our expert guides, or purchase a copy of Garden of Memories, our guidebook by Susan Wilson.
During its long history, Forest Hills has been an important cemetery for the African American community. Prominent individuals such as William Cooper Nell, Elma Lewis, and Joseph "Wally" Walcott (see below) are buried here. However, we do not have a comprehensive list of notable African Americans buried here, in part because the Cemetery's records do not include race or ethnicity. In 2009, with support from Mass. Humanities, the Trust began a project called Finding the Voices in the Silence and engaged Scholar-in-Residence Sylvia McDowell to begin researching Black history at Forest Hills. If you know someone interesting buried at Forest Hills and would like their story become part of the Trust's tours and/or interpretive materials, please fill out a Nomination Form and send it in to us. We hope to integrate some of these individuals into existing interpretive materials and tours and to develop an African American Heritage Guide in the future.
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