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Auburn in Lee County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

Baptist Hill

 
 
Baptist Hill Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
1. Baptist Hill Marker
Inscription.
(Side 1)
Auburn's first separate black community cemetery offers a rich source of the city’s black heritage. Much of the history is oral but it is known that a white man gave most of the land in the early 1870’s. The four acre cemetery contains over 500 marked graves and many others are unmarked. The oldest grave is dated 1879. Those interred here are a cross section of the city’s blacks. Many were born slaves but later succeeded in teaching or business. The cemetery is still in use and is maintained by the City of Auburn but its ownership is unknown. Documentation of the site was done by the Auburn Heritage Association in 1990.
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(Side 2)
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Though located at the base of a slope, the cemetery derives its name from Ebenezer Baptist Church on a hill to the west. Ebenezer, established in 1865, was the first black churched formed in Auburn after the Civil War. The church building was erected before 1870 on land donated by Lonnie Payne, a white man. The church was so prominent in the area that it gave the name "Baptist Hill" to the vicinity. Its members were the first buried in the cemetery although members of other black churches are now interred here. Ebenezer was placed on the National Register
Baptist Hill Marker (reverse) image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
2. Baptist Hill Marker (reverse)
of Historic Places in 1978. The cemetery was added to the Alabama Register in 1994.
 
Erected 1994 by the Historic Chattahoochee Commission and the Auburn Heritage Association.
 
Location. 32° 36.263′ N, 85° 27.886′ W. Marker is in Auburn, Alabama, in Lee County. Marker is at the intersection of South Dean Road and East Thach Avenue, on the right when traveling north on South Dean Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Auburn AL 36830, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Scott-Yarbrough House (approx. half a mile away); Ebenezer Baptist Church (approx. half a mile away); Dillard-Lawson House (approx. half a mile away); The Baughman-Honour-Stiles House (approx. 0.6 miles away); Robert Wilton Burton (approx. ¾ mile away); Pine Hill Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Auburn United Methodist Church Founder's Chapel (approx. 0.9 miles away); Wittel Dormitory (approx. 0.9 miles away but has been reported missing). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Auburn.
 
Also see . . .  Baptist Hill Cemetery Historic Site. (Submitted on June 15, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
 
Categories. African AmericansCemeteries & Burial Sites
 
Baptist Hill Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
3. Baptist Hill Cemetery
Baptist Hill Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, June 15, 2014
4. Baptist Hill Marker Area
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2014, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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