|The Man|Jolson's Legacy|Passing of the Jazz Singer|Gravesite
During his lifetime, he was known as the "World's Greatest Entertainer," and now his remains repose in a beautiful memorial near Los Angeles, California. Here is the story of that site, and some views of the structure.
After Al Jolson's death, on October 23, 1950, his funeral was held at Temple Israel on October 26. An estimated twenty thousand people converged on the Temple for the rites. The public was allowed to file past his bier following the coffin's arrival at 9:00 am. After two hours, more than 2000 people had stepped up to pay their respects.
Several months after Jolson's death, his widow was determined to provide a monument to Jolie that would also serve as his final resting place. Erle secured a site at Hillside Memorial Park, and had a design drawn up for the memorial.
Six-pillar marble tower
The monument designed for the site was a six pillar marble structure, topped with a dome. The inside of the dome was decorated with a mosaic, and the phrase used at his funeral, "The Sweet Singer of Israel, The Man Raised On High" was engraved on the inside rim of the dome.
The design was by Paul Williams, a prominent Los Angeles black architect, and cost some $75,000.
In addition, the Hillside management provided a 120 foot cascade of water dropping into a pool, in accordance with Al having told Erle that he's like to be buried near a waterfall.
To complete the site, a three-quarter life size statue of Al Jolson, arms outstretched and on bended knee, was placed near the grave.