James Baldwin

Birth Name:
James Arthur Baldwin
Birth Date:
August 2, 1924
Birth Place:
New York City, New York
Death Date:
December 1, 1987
Place of Death:
Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France
Cause of Death:
Stomach cancer
Cemetery Name:
Ferncliff Cemetery
Claim to Fame:
Writers and Poets
James Baldwin was an American author, playwright, poet and activist. His work explored the intricacies of racial, sexual, and class distinctions in the Western society of the United States during the mid twentieth-century. He used themes of masculinity, sexuality, race, and class to create narratives that ran parallel with some of the major political movements toward social change of the twentieth-century. His best known work includes Notes of a Native Son (1955), Giovanni's Room (1956), The Fire Next Time (1963), and No Name in the Street (1972). Two of his works, 'Remember This House' and 'If Beale Street Could Talk', were adapted into Academy Award-winning films.

Cemetery Information:

Final Resting Place:

Ferncliff Cemetery

280 Secor Road

Hartsdale, New York, 10530


North America


Map of Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.
Map of Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.

Grave Location:

Hillcrest A, Grave 1203

Grave Location Description

After entering through the entrance between Cherrywood and Maplewood, go left to head northwest. Turn right at the second intersection to go north towards the next intersection and past the Rosewood Cremation Garden. Park your car along the street between Sections J and A. Then walk into Section A and head south for about 120 feet. James Baldwin’s grave is located in the southeast corner of Hillcrest A on the far east side of the section.

Or you can park your car behind the Rosewood Mausoleum and facing the Rosewood Cremation Garden (with your back to the mausoleum, take the path on the far left of the garden and turn right and walk along the fence behind Rosewood Cremation Garden a short distance to the Baldwin monument.

He is buried next to Bernard “Toots” Shor, best known as the proprietor of a legendary saloon and restaurant, Toots Shor’s Restaurant, in Manhattan.

Grave Location GPS

41.02764373, -73.83121994



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