Elmwood Mascot Howard’s Fan Club

Historic Elmwood Cemetery’s resident friendly feline, Howard, now has his own fan club.

On a cold day in early 2009, the amber-eyed, bob-tailed kitty walked through the back door of Elmwood’s office. He’s been greeting visitors to the cemetery’s serene 80 acres, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, ever since.

The cemetery is now selling handheld fans, for $2 a pop, with the image of Howard, named in homage to late longtime board member Howard Caruthers.

Elmwood is also throwing a birthday party for Howard on Saturday, August 27. The event, which will kick off at 10:30 a.m., is free, and children of all ages are welcome to celebrate with Howard and learn more about the final resting place of some 75,000 people, including some of Memphis’ most well-known citizens.

Everyone who brings a bag of cat food to the party will receive a free audio tour of the 160-year-old cemetery and grounds. Discounted tours will be offered that day for just $5.

You can pick up your own Howard fan at Elmwood Cemetery, 824 S. Dudley Street.