Woodlawn was established in 1870 as "Compton Rural Cemetery", the first cemetery in Compton and among the oldest cemeteries in Los Angeles County. Prior to being used by settlers in the area, it was part of the Rancho San Pedro land grant. Markers for earlier burials were found, but are now lost.
Having served the surrounding area for 152 years, Woodlawn is the final resting place of more than 26,800 people. Among them are many of Compton's founders, pioneers and civic leaders. More than 940 veterans representing campaigns from the War o f 1812 through Vietnam War. There are also social activists, sports personalities and entertainers recognized both regionally and nationally resting within Woodlawn.
More than a cemetery, Woodlawn is an outdoor museum holding the history of the region and the stories of all the people who contributed to the development of Compton.
Established in 1870 as Compton Rural Cemetery, the first to serve Compton and the region.
The men and women who crossed a continent and sailed the seas to set down roots built the foundation of Compton.
Discover Woodlawn residents who made an impact at the local, regional and national level.
Woodlawn is the final resting place for 920 Veterans, men and women serving in every conflict War of 1812 to Vietnam.