The Pillar Church of Woodlawn Cemetery is considered part of the Woodlawn Historic District in Alexandria, VA and is in the application process of being added to the National Register of Historic Places. The history of the cemetery began in the 1870s, shortly after the original church building was constructed. A site survey conducted in 2012 indicated there are 177 burials. The purpose of the cemetery was to provide a place of rest for those that were unable to afford a grave. Most of the people in the cemetery are extended members of the Mason family and/or at one time members of the church, then known as Woodlawn Baptist Church.
In April 2000, the cemetery was officially closed by the members of Woodlawn Baptist Church. The cemetery is now operated by Pillar Church of Woodlawn and maintained by funds provided through Elta Winstead’s estate.