The Chilton Cemetery Association in conjunction with the Alabama Cemetery Preservation Alliance is holding a headstone repair and cleaning workshop at the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Chilton County on June 27, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. This workshop is free and open to all.
From I-65, take the 219 Jemison/Thorsby exit and turn east onto County Rd 42 for half a mile. At the four-way intersection, turn left onto County Rd 51 for two miles at which time you’ll go back over the interstate. Continue on County Rd 51 for one mile to the Rocky Mount Cemetery on your right. Ample parking is available.
Contact Kat Reece via email if you have questions.
For additional information and map showing the directions, click here.
NBC13 will air a story on Union HIll Cemetery today (11 June 2008) on Union Hill Cemetery. There is also a news story on the website here.
The Birmingham News has an article online from Friday’s (4/11/2008) newspaper titled “Remnants of Bibb County mining towns uncovered in the woods.” The article gives some historical background on the mining towns of Piper and Coleanor, while mentioning Belle Ellen briefly. It gives much detail on how the cemeteries were discovered – (2) African-American cemeteries and (1) White Cemetery thus far. There is speculation about another there as well. A few names from the marked graves are mentioned… unfortunately it appears that many are unmarked.
Fields Cemetery Dedication
Sunday, May 25th, 2008
Come enjoy the rededication with a full rededication program.
Then join us for a Fields Family reunion immediately following at the Pavilion at Brookside Ballpark. Bring your pictures, stories, and family trees to share.
FYI: Its Memorial day weekend so plan ahead
Contact Claudia Kraemer for additional information.
Note: The Birmingham Genealogical Society has no affiliation with the above group. We are posting as a service to our members and others who might be interesting in attending the dedication service.
Back in August we posted about a Birmingham News article where Lakeview Cemetery was named to the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register. This Sunday at 2 p.m. a dedication ceremony will be held to celebrate the Cemetery’s placement on the register. Read the Birmingham News article for full details.
Hodges Cemetery is located on Hodges Cemetery Road in Mt. Olive. It dates to at least 1887 and was started by W. L. Hodges. Kathy Hodges Young, a descendant, is working to preserve and maintain the cemetery. There are currently 33 marked burials, but it is believed there could be 133-135 total burials.
Read about the challenges Ms. Young is facing to keep the family cemetery safe in the Birmingham News article here.
The Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association has taken over the care of one of Birmingham’s oldest remaining black cemeteries. Shadow Lawn has fallen into disrepair and been the subject of numerous negligence lawsuits in recent years. Read more about the work of the association the the need for funds to continue to help restore the badly neglected cemetery in a Birmingham News article here.