Hattie McDaniel not only achieved immortality by playing Mammy in Gone With The Wind, she also won an Academy Award for her role, becoming the first African American actor to do so. When she died in 1952, she was denied her wish to be buried in
’s California because of the cemetery’s “whites only” policy. Instead she was buried in LA’s Hollywood Memorial Park . After Tyler Cassity took over Rosedale Cemetery in 1998—renaming it Hollywood Forever—he offered to have McDaniel’s remains disinterred from Hollywood Memorial Park Rosedale and reburied. McDaniel’s family did not want her remains disturbed, so instead Cassity had a four foot pink and gray granite cenotaph erected in her honor. It was unveiled on October 26, 1999-- the 47th anniversary of McDaniel’s death—in a dedication cemetery to which the public was invited.