Elmwood CemeteryDionicio Rodriguez (1893-1955)




600 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr, Birmingham, Alabama, 35211, United States


late 1930s

Visiting Information

The cemetery is open every day from 7am to 5:30pm.

About the Artist/Site

Renowned faux bois (aka trabajo rustico) artist Dionicio Rodriguez created a number of concrete sculptures for Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama, in the late 1930s, including a "wooden" bridge and a "fallen log" bench. Rodriguez was prolific, and his work was sought after throughout the United States. Examples of his trabajo rustico can be found in Tennessee, Maryland, Texas, and more. 

Elmwood Cemetery was established in 1900 by several fraternal organizations. It is known for being the subject of a federal discrimination suit brought by African American soldier Bill Terry Jr.'s family when they were not allowed to fulfill his wishes and bury him there after he was killed in the Vietnam War. 

–Annalise Flynn, 2023



  • https://alabamanewscenter.com/2022/02/25/bill-terry-jr-a-black-alabama-soldier-killed-in-war-reached-the-promised-land-of-elmwood-cemetery/


concrete faux bois

Map & Site Information

600 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr
Birmingham, Alabama, 35211 us
Latitude/Longitude: 33.4899637 / -86.8396832

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