Baltimore, Maryland: Dorothy Parker's Unclaimed Ashes

Humorist and Civil Rights advocate Dorothy Parker died in 1967. Her ashes remained unclaimed for 21 years. They were finally buried at NAACP Headquarters beneath a plaque with her chosen epitaph, "Excuse my Dust."

NAACP Headquarters

4805 Mt Hope Drive, Baltimore, MD
NAACP Headquarters. The memorial garden on the back side of the building with stone benches nearby. The ashes are buried beneath a round bronze plaque set into the ground, surrounded by bricks.
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Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden.

Dorothy Parker Memorial Garden

A strong social justice and civil rights advocate, Dorothy Parker willed her literary estate to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. When he was assassinated less than a year later, her estate rolled over to the NAACP. Parker was cremated when she died in 1967, but her executor never told the crematorium what to do with her ashes. They remained unclaimed until 1988, when the NAACP took ownership of them, built a memorial garden, and interred the ashes there.

[Helen L., 01/04/2017]

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