NEW YORK — Dorothy Parker, the writer, humorist and civilian rights supporter, died successful 1967 but it was not until past twelvemonth that her ashes recovered a last resting place.
A memorial ceremonial astatine the Woodlawn Cemetery successful the Bronx connected Monday unveiled the headstone astatine her family’s crippled wherever her ashes are buried, the New York Post reported.
Born successful 1893 successful New York, Parker wrote poems, abbreviated stories and theatre and literate reviews for magazines similar Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker. She died without leaving instructions arsenic to what to bash with her remains but near her property on with the close to cod aboriginal royalties to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., whom she had ne'er met.
When King was assassinated, her property transferred to the NAACP, which laid her ashes to remainder successful a plot extracurricular their Baltimore office successful 1988. Before that, her remains had been held astatine a crematorium and wrong an attorney’s filing furniture for years.
After overmuch wrangling, the NAACP agreed with Parker’s relatives to relocate the ashes to New York arsenic the enactment was moving its office to Washington. The ashes were reburied successful the cemetery, which is besides the past resting spot of galore of the city’s luminaries, past year.
A jazz set played astatine the ceremonial Monday, which was primitively scheduled to instrumentality spot connected Parker’s day connected Sunday but was delayed by Tropical Storm Henri.
“This is yet her homecoming to her beloved New York City,” Kevin Fitzpatrick, president of the Dorothy Parker Society, told the newspaper.
Parker’s relatives attended the memorial wherever those gathered work from Parker’s enactment and immoderate poured gin, her beverage of choice, connected the grave.
The headstone is carved with a poem of Parker’s written successful 1925 that reads: “Leave for her a reddish young rose; Go your way, and prevention your pity; She is happy, for she knows that her particulate is precise pretty.”