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April 17, 2012

As a volunteer at Oak Hill Cemetery, I do my best to let folks know about the fun things we do!  Here’s the information about our upcoming Heritage Day 2012 event on April 22.

The Chapel at Oak Hill Cemetery

Heritage Day 2012 at Oak Hill Cemetery

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – On Sunday, April 22, 2012, Oak Hill Cemetery will hold their annual Heritage Day.  From 2:00-5:00 pm, join Cemetery volunteers for tours and bring a dish to enjoy an afternoon potluck.

During Heritage Day there will be a Spring Bonnet / Hat Contest.  Be sure to visit that day in your nicest and brightest chapeau!  In addition to your favorite hat, be sure to bring blankets and chairs to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere and the delicious potluck fare.

Mini-tours will take place throughout the afternoon and will begin as groups get together.  There is no formal schedule for tours at the Heritage Day event.

Other upcoming events at Oak Hill Cemetery:

  • May 5 – Preservation Workshop
  • October 6 – Walker Run 5K
  • October 13 – Halloween Tours

Oak Hill Cemetery is the oldest working cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.  Founded in 1871, as was the city, Oak Hill Cemetery is home to many of Birmingham’s founding fathers and other notable citizens.  Visit Charles Linn’s tomb, the gravesite of James Sloss, and pay your respects to the city’s most famous Madam, Lou Wooster as well as one of the Cemetery’s recent arrivals, the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth.  The Oak Hill Memorial Association regularly hosts annual events to honor the history and teach Birmingham’s residents about the rich and colorful stories of the Cemetery’s residents.

Oak Hill Cemetery is located behind the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center, on 19th Street North.  Oak Hill is open to the public and closes at dusk.  The Cemetery has been administered by the Oak Hill Memorial Association since 1913. The Association’s mission is to share the historic and cultural importance of Oak Hill Cemetery through community outreach, and to preserve and improve the existing facilities to leave a lasting legacy for future generations.

For information contact Stuart Oates at Oak Hill Cemetery, 205.251.6532.

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