Inglewood Park Cemetery Association was formed in 1905 by a group of businessmen pooling their resources to address a pressing need. Cemetery land was provided by Archie Freeman, son of Inglewood's founder Daniel Freeman. The first interment occurred on July 20, 1906.

The Centinela Valley was a sparsely settled area of farms and small homes at that time.  Funeral processions arrived on horse-drawn flat carts. When the trolley arrived, mourners and coffins went to the cemetery in specially designed funeral cars.

Affordable crypt entombment came to the Cemetery in 1913. Tombs were considered a privilege of the wealthy at the time. Inglewood Park Cemetery was noted for building California’s first community mausoleum, and provided crypts at a reasonable price.

Many Centinela Valley and the South Bay region settlers are entombed in Inglewood Mausoleum, alongside veterans of the U.S. Civil War. Inglewood Mausoleum was the first of many structures added to over the years. The new Sunset Mission Mausoleum, provides 30,000 interment spaces. It is the largest in the nation. The Cemetery continues to build for the future.

Inglewood Park Cemetery has a resident stained glass artist, and maintains publicly accessible artworks above ground and in underground mausoleum vaults.

About 400,000 people are currently interred in the Cemetery, including politicians, entertainers and athletes. The Cemetery Park is a cultural landmark and mediation on Inglewood history.