If you’ve never taken a stroll through Birmingham’s Oak Hill Cemetery, you should put it on your list. It’s a beautiful place with a great view of the city and some gorgeous funereal art.
The cemetery was founded in 1871. The website says: “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. As the first city cemetery, Oak Hill became the resting place for virtually all of the Birmingham pioneers.
“Oak Hill Cemetery’s location on the South-facing slopes of North Birmingham offers some of the most spectacular vistas of the city. So much so that Oak Hill Cemetery has been placed on the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage and was also placed on the National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 1977 — the first cemetery in the State of Alabama to be listed on this prestigious register.”
The list of “notable burials” is long but includes people such as James Sloss, the founder of Sloss Furnaces; Louise Wooster, a famous madam who helped nurse people through a cholera epidemic; murder victims, the Hawes family; and Fred Shuttlesworth, a Civil Rights leader. Read more here.
Here are some of our photos from a previous trip.