Cemeteries Management

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maplewood driveway
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Duties & Responsibilities


The General Services Department operates and maintains the City's two cemeteries, Maplewood and Beechwood. Operations include burials, lot sales, grounds maintenance, and landscaping.  

CURRENT SERVICES

Maplewood and Beechwood Cemeteries offer traditional burial and cremation options.  Both cemeteries feature beautiful views, veterans’ sections, flat markers, upright headstones, and mausoleums.  The public is invited to visit the cemeteries or call for more information.  Existing burials and burial services information is available by contacting the main cemeteries office at Maplewood, Monday through Friday from 7:30AM to 4:00PM.

Maplewood Cemetery
1621 Duke University Rd
Durham, NC 27701
(919) 560-4156

Maplewood CEMETERY 

Maplewood Cemetery is comprised of 120 acres of land and history. Many persons during Durham's earlier period are interred here which includes some of the city's most prominent residents such as Bartlett Durham and several members of the Washington Duke Family. Maplewood Cemetery is known for its beautiful landscape and very well maintenance grounds.

Beechwood Cemetery 

Beechwood Cemetery which boasts of close to 25 acres of land was developed to consolidate overfilling and neglected black cemeteries in the city of Durham: Violet Park, Geer Cemetery, Fitzgerald Cemetery, and Hickstown Cemetery. Many interments were transitioned to Beechwood Cemetery during that time. Beechwood has interred notable African American business and community leaders including John Merrick, founder of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, C.C. Spaulding, General Manager & President of North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Dr. James E. Shepard, founder and President of the National Religious Training School, which would later become NCCU.