Washington Park Cemetery South remains in private ownership as a cemetery. The St. Louis City Recorder and Registrar does not have any records relating to Washington Park Cemetery South, only has the Cemetery's North Reinterment Index.
About Washington Park Cemetery North
In a time when most cemeteries were racially segregated, Washington Park Cemetery was founded by businessmen Andrew Henry Watson and Joseph John Hauer as a for-profit burial place for African Americans. It became the largest African American cemetery in the St. Louis area.
Watson was owner of Watson Law Reporting and Process Serving Company. In 1904, Watson, then a St. Louis City deputy sheriff, was center stage in a drama at the West End Hotel, Vandeventer @ West Belle, involving a child custody battle between actress Ida May Dunn (a.k.a. the mysterious Mrs. Clifton J. Morse) and her former husband Alvin Eichler, a prominent St. Louis businessman.
Hauer made his fortune in real estate and mining. In 1927, he subdivided six city blocks in the City's Lindenwood Park Neighborhood, creating Joseph J. Hauer's Ivanhoe Park Subdivision. He lived there, on Oleatha Avenue in house built in 1929, until his death in 1956.
As Washington Park Cemetery was being developed, nearby, Albert Bond Lambert, the Aero Club of St. Louis, and the Missouri Aeronautical Society were developing an airfield that would become Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (Lambert Airport).
In 1996, the City of St. Louis acquired part of Washington Park Cemetery for purposes of
"aviation obstruction removals and land use compatibility" relating to Lambert Airport's Runway 12R-30L, the Airport's longest runway- 11,018 feet. Estimated cost for the project was $40 Million.
Known as Washington Park Cemetery North, the area was north of Interstate Highway I-70, east of McDonnell Boulevard, situated along the eastern-most boundary of Lambert Airport.
The City's "Cemetery Project" included disinterment, transportation, and reinterment of the human remains buried in the affected area. Twenty-three cemeteries in Missouri and Illinois were utilized.
- St. Louis County, Missouri: 14 cemeteries
- St. Louis City, Missouri: 4 cemeteries
- St. Charles County, Missouri: 2 cemeteries
- Madison County, Illinois: 2 cemeteries
- St. Clair County, Illinois: 1 cemetery
The St. Louis County Circuit Court (21st Judicial Circuit) required the City to file a Report with the Court, the St. Louis County Recorder of Deeds, and the St. Louis City Recorder of Deeds containing the name of each deceased person disinterred and location of reburial.
The Washington Park Cemetery-North Reinterment Index provided on this website is from the 299 page Report recorded with the St. Louis City Recorder on August 21, 2000.
The Index includes information on the reinterment of 11,974 deceased persons, including 165 persons indexed under "Doe" - Baby Doe 5, Jane Doe 88, John Doe 76.