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Oak Hill Cemetery

Historic Site in Birmingham

In 1871 the City of Birmingham purchased from the Elyton Land Company 21.5 acres of land for a city cemetery (later named Oak Hill). The deed was issued December 29, 1873. As the first city cemetery, Oak Hill became the resting place for virtually all of the Birmingham pioneers.

Although the early residents complained that Oak Hill Cemetery (then known as City Cemetery) was too far from town, the city center has expanded to the Southern border of the cemetery. Its location on the South-facing slopes of North Birmingham offer some of the most spectacular vistas of the city. So much so, that Pioneer citizen Charles Linn was reported to have stated: "O ye of little Faith! When I die, bury me on the high promontory overlooking Birmingham, so that on Judgment Day I will gaze upon the greatest industrial city in the entire South!"

Oak Hill Cemetery has been placed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage. Oak Hill Cemetery was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 1977. It was the first cemetery in the State of Alabama to be listed on this prestigious register.

For more information visit:

Oak Hill Cemetery
1120 19th Street North
Birmingham, AL 35234
Hours of Operation
  • sunrise to sunset daily
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