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Pine Hill Cemetery - Auburn, AL
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member xptwo
N 32° 36.062 W 085° 28.715
16S E 642767 N 3608080
Quick Description: This two-sided marker tells the story of the oldest cemetery in the city of Auburn, Alabama.
Location: Alabama, United States
Date Posted: 11/14/2012 6:23:08 PM
Waymark Code: WMFPT2
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 6

Long Description:
The entrance to the cemetery is located on Armstrong Street, near the intersection with Casey Avenue. The north border of the cemetery is on Hare Avenue. The marker is located in the cemetery, along the wall on Armstrong Street, near the intersection with Miller Avenue. As is noted in the marker text, this cemetery has many historic graves.

The text of the marker reads:

Pine Hill

Side 1: Pine Hill was established in 1837 and is the oldest cemetery in Auburn. Judge John J. Harper, Auburn's founder, donated almost six acres to the new town to be used as a community burying ground for white settlers and their slaves. The original part of the cemetery lies to the north and contains the oldest marked grave - 1838. Early cemetery records are non-existent as the fist survey was conducted in the 1950's when over 1,100 marked graves were cataloged. Of this number, only one black grave is identified. A cross section of Auburn Citizens are buried here including University presidents and slaves.

Side 2: In the 1870's a separate black cemetery, Baptist Hill, opened to the southeast. For decades Pine Hill served as the primary burying ground for whites in the area. The city's Confederate marker rises at the rear of the cemetery over the common graves of 98 Texas soldiers who died in a temporary hospital housed in a college building known as "The Main." Pine Hill suffered from vandalism and neglect until 1995 when the Auburn Heritage Association launched a restoration of the cemetery. It was placed on the Alabama Register in 1978 and is owned and maintained by the City of Auburn.

Erected by the Auburn Heritage Association
and Historic Chattahoochee Commission
Marker Name: Pine Hill Cemetery

Marker Type: Urban

Addtional Information::
There is a large water tower near the intersection of Armstrong and Moore, just outside the cemetery grounds, that can serve as a landmark for those looking for the cemetery.

Date Dedicated / Placed: 1995

Marker Number: None

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