For those of us that are old enough to remember that dreadful day of Jimi Hendrix’s death, we know the pain of losing a hero we thought would see many more decades of musical mastery and growth. The generation that came after Hendrix’s death and still heroized him is proof that the man had an unmatched influence on music. In honor of the guitar legend, it isn’t uncommon for fans to make the trip to Renton, Washington, to visit his grave site.
Here’s what you need to know about visiting his grave including expectations, location, and more.
The exact address of the cemetery where Hendrix’s body currently lies is 350 Monroe Avenue NE, Renton, Washington, USA, 98056. Greenwood Cemetery is it’s name and visitors might be surprised at how humble the cemetery is. Hendrix was buried in his family’s plot, right next to his mother’s grave.
The Grave Site
For a long time people were dissatisfied with how plain looking the legend’s headstone and grave site was. It was simply a plot of land in a rather unimpressive cemetery with an equally unimpressive head stone. His father, Al Hendrix, was also unhappy with his son’s underwhelming grave site and so made a point to work towards building a real memorial for his son. However, his father was quite poor and couldn’t obtain the rights (and money) to his son’s music for many decades. He barely had enough funds to get his son’s body back to the states from London.
Building of the Memorial
When his father did finally obtain commercial rights to his son’s music in 1995, he was able to start drafting plans for a real memorial site for Jimi. The plans came to fruition in 2002 when a gazebo made completely of marble was erected in a different part of the cemetery. Jimi’s body was transferred from the pain headstone to under the gazebo as it was being built.
The memorial itself is a beautiful piece of architecture that fans applaud. Once you enter the cemetery, the memorial is just about 100 yards south. A marble dome held up by three elegant pillars, it is a site worthy of the greatest guitar player to ever live. Entering the monument, you will see some iconic lyrics etched into the marble along with a stunning portrait of the man himself.
His father had a major role in the memorial, attending to every detail. In an interview with Al, he said that Jimi didn’t just belong to him but the world. His father always wanted a proper memorial for his son to be built because he felt that he owed it to all of his son’s loyal fans.
The memorial now has thousands of visitors every year who come to get a photo, pay their respects, and sometimes even play a lick on their guitar in homage to Jimi.
Growing Hendrix Family Plot
Now when you get to visit the memorial, you not only get to see Jimi’s grave, but his extended family as well. The plot of land has graves going outward in a circle pattern from Jimi’s grave. Everyone from his father to mother to grandparents and cousins is buried right next to him–joining him in the afterlife.
When visiting the memorial, fans sometimes trample over the surrounding graves or leave it a wreck. Don’t be one of those people! Pay respect to the legend and his family and be mindful of your feet. Live flowers and objects that aren’t harmful to the environment are welcome. If you love history, the Renton History Museum is just down the street.