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6653-75 Chew Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19119
Pursuit of Excellence - Eight Time Award Winner!
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First independently owned-and-operated funeral home owned by an African-American woman in Philadelphia, to receive the Eagle Award

About Us

Mission Statement:
To provide empathy along with service during your time of grief...For your Supreme Being and for man; we pay attention to detail, and help you celebrate a life well lived. Through our doors, create your final goodbye; for this loved one, you will never pass this way again...


The Owner - Funeral Services in Philadelphia, PA
In 1944, our founder, Emmanuel Johnson, graduated from Dolan College of Embalming and Mortuary Science. He received his funeral director's license in 1947 and his license to operate his own funeral home in 1951. Emmanuel loved people and at the age of 30, after living on Designated Street, he opened the doors to his first business at 6655 Ross Street. He then relocated to 102-04 East Hortter and Ross Streets. His final destination was, and still remains today, 6653-75 Chew Avenue.

In 1975, Lenora Johnson, his lovely wife, graduated from McAllister Institute and received her funeral director's license just one year later. A graduate of Drexel University as well, Lenora worked diligently with her husband in the funeral business as well as in a variety of community service activities.
In 1976, Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. became the first funeral home in Philadelphia to use white funeral cars. Emmanuel supplied his own cortege of white cars, breaking a time-honored tradition of the standard "black". This landmark change was celebrated on his 25th anniversary of the funeral home.
In 1981, Cynthia Johnson, the daughter of Emmanuel, graduated from McAllister Institute. She received her funeral director's license in 1983. She is a prior graduate of Hampton University. Today, Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc.'s rich heritage and legacy of service and compassion remain; and our commitment to quality and excellence is true to Emmanuel Johnson himself.
Cynthia Johnson - Funeral Services in Philadelphia, PA




In 2002, our funeral home entered the Pursuit of Excellence Program, which is sponsored by the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA), and received the Eagle Award. Our funeral home went on to receive the Eagle Award in 2003, 2004, and 2005 as well, making Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. the first independently owned-and-operated funeral home owned by a black female in Philadelphia to receive such an honor.
In October 2004, Cynthia received her Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) designation, awarded by the American Academy of Funeral Service. She is also the first black funeral directress in Philadelphia to receive this award.

In 2007, the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service (BWFS) honored Emmanuel Johnson Funeral Home, Inc. as the funeral home of the year. In 2009, our funeral home received the 100 BWFS Academy Award of Excellence in memory of Emmanuel and Lenora Johnson. A memorial tapestry, which hangs in the entryway of the funeral home, was designed in their honor.

In March of 2011, Cynthia completed and passed the Certified Pre-Planning Consultant (CPC) Course. She is not only a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP), but she also holds CPC credentials as well. The CPC is a designation offered by the National Funeral Directors Association.
Contact our funeral home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for more information about our rich history of serving our community.