Oak Hill Cemetery, located just north of downtown, is Birmingham, Alabama's oldest cemetery. It was founded in 1871. 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!"
June 29, 1893-September 18, 1893
A baby's grave denoted by the lamb. A lamb represents innocence.
Handshakes represent farewells, God's welcome to heaven and the farewell to earthly existence.
Handshakes with masculine and feminine sleeves mean holy matrimony.
Asleep in Jesus is the Victorian view of death as eternal sleep.
The urn was very popular in Victorian times. The draped Urn represents sorrow or mourning. The garland on the urn means victory in death, immortality, penitence, death of the body and its return to dust in the final resting place. The open book means perfect knowledge as represented in the Bible.
A wreath is a symbol of the victory of redemption.
Daughters of the American Revolution...descendants of individuals who aided in achieving American independence