AUBURN, Ala. (EETV)- The Baptist Hill Cemetery is Auburn’s first separate black community cemetery containing 500 marked graves and many unmarked graves as well.

Many of these deceased black residents had lived pivotal lives in a time of crossover in American history, they were born slaves but later achieved jobs in teaching or business. Volunteers recently have come together to clean the Cemetery and give appreciation to the rich history breathing throughout this resting place of many heroes.

Recently, the Cemetery has been lacking in upkeep, so citizens took matters into their own hands. Auburn University human development studies lecturer, Robert Bubb, coordinated a recent cleaning effort while elaborating  upon the importance of the Cemetery’s restoration.

He asserted, “it’s important for us to come out here and remember those who’ve come before us, those whose families have been here since Auburn was established… those who’ve endured enslavement, who’ve endured sharecropping, who’ve endured segregation, Jim Crow laws, Black Codes, and those who’ve served and died for our Country.”

The Baptist Hill Cemetery clean-up aims to establish a connection between the public and the history of their community. Citizens are encouraged to join the volunteers in their active persuit to polish this historic site.