Cemeteries get creative to draw visitors

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – They are the end of road for many of us, the places where life officially comes to a close. Now, the mission is underway to bring some “fresh blood” to final resting places.

143 years ago, Oak Hill Cemetery was originally located on the outskirts of Birmingham.

“The cemetery itself is 23.6 acres. It’s not super large, but we have close to 11,000 burials in here,” says Oak Hill Memorial Association Director Stuart Oates.

Thanks to Birmingham’s early population boom, these days you will find Oak Hill in the city’s center, right across from the BJCC. You may even find some of Oak Hill’s early tenets beyond the gates.

“They were excavating on the other side of 17th street. They found a casket, probably from the late 1860s, 1870s. It was a wealthy family, a steel casket with a glass top,” Oates…

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