Headstone Repair and Cleaning Workshop

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.


Piper, Bibb County, Cemeteries Rediscovered

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 set for May

Fields Cemetery entrance

Fields Cemetery Dedication

Fields Cemetery

Brookside, Alabama

Sunday, May 25th, 2008

2 pm

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.

Hodges Cemetery in Mt. Olive Threatened by Development

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.

Shadow Lawn Cemetery being Restored

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.