Historic cemeteries provide wonderful opportunities to study and honor our ancestors and our communities. These memorials to past generations can tell us about settlement patterns, family relationships, religion, lifestyles and craftsmanship. Whether a cemetery is well preserved or endangered, the Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) encourages their preservation for future generations.

The Alabama Historical Commission's cemetery program provides assistance in identifying, documenting, registering, and protecting Alabama's historic cemeteries. Through the cemetery program, the Alabama Historical Commission makes information on Alabamas cemeteries laws available; informs the public about general cemetery preservation guidelines; issues permits for substantial work - including, but not limited to the relocation of human remains in cemeteries at least 75 years old.  


Click HERE to begin exploring the interactive map of historic properties. This web map represents a plot of properties and historic districts listed in our various preservation programs. Locational data on this map is considered highly accurate at all map scales, unless a specific disclaimer is made in the attribute data (typically after the property name). This map is currently a work in progress; however, the map automatically updates as new details and attachments are added. For those that prefer, this data is also available as a GIS REST Service for use with ArcGIS for Desktop. Details are listed on the map’s contents page.


Through the cemetery program, the Alabama Historical Commission provides official historic designation for cemeteries through the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register and assists those interested in purchasing a historical marker or plaques for cemeteries. 


For more information about the cemetery program, contact Leanne Waller-Trupp at 334-230-2653 or leanne.trupp@ahc.alabama.gov.