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Wilson Chapel And Cemetery

("The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood")

 
 
Wilson Chapel And Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 2, 2010
1. Wilson Chapel And Cemetery Marker
Inscription. Wilson Chapel was built in 1916 as a memorial to James and Frances Wilson by their daughters, Rosa Wilson Eubanks and Minerva Wilson Constantine. At the time of its construction the area was developing into a community of country homes known as Roebuck Springs. Styled after the architecture of English parish churches, the chapel marks and protects the site of one of the oldest cemeteries in Alabama.

Frances Wilson's father, Audley Hamilton, was granted this land in 1818 and the cemetery was begun that same year with the oldest graves being those of slaves. Many Wilson family members have been buried here over the years.

The cemetery was deeded to the Methodist Church in 1896 by James Wilson. The chapel was for many years called "The Little Brown Church in the Wildwood" and was used for weddings, community meetings and religious services of many denominations. Since 1955 the chapel has served an active Methodist congregation.
 
Erected 1989 by Alabama Historical Commission / Roebuck Springs Garden Club, Roebuck Springs Neighborhood Association, & The City of Birmingham.
 
Location. 33° 34.908′ N, 86° 42.276′ W. Marker is in Birmingham, Alabama, in Jefferson County. Marker is at the intersection
Wilson Chapel And Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 2, 2010
2. Wilson Chapel And Cemetery Marker
of Cumberland Drive and Balcourt Drive, on the right when traveling east on Cumberland Drive. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 412 Cumberland Drive, Birmingham AL 35206, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Roebuck Springs Historic District (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Roebuck Spring (approx. 0.3 miles away); Zion Memorial Gardens (approx. 1.2 miles away); East Lake Park (approx. 1.4 miles away); Ruhama Baptist Church (approx. 1.6 miles away); Howard College (approx. 1.9 miles away); East Lake Community (approx. 2 miles away); CDR "Snuffy" Smith (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Birmingham.
 
Also see . . .  Photos and History of Roebuck Springs By The Roebuck Springs Preservation Society. (Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.Notable PlacesSettlements & Settlers
 
Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church 1917 Building image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 2, 2010
3. Wilson Chapel United Methodist Church 1917 Building
Interior view of Wilson Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, April 20, 1984
4. Interior view of Wilson Chapel
Cemetery behind Wilson Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Tim Carr, January 2, 2010
5. Cemetery behind Wilson Chapel
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. This page has been viewed 2,080 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Timothy Carr of Birmingham, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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