Alabama Historical Commission, Alabama SHPO

Historic Cemetery Programs

Historic cemeteries provide rare 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 your cemetery is well preserved or endangered, the Alabama Historical Commission (AHC) helps preserve these places for future generations.

A list of cemeteries in the Historic Cemetery Register is available alphabetically by county. 

The Alabama Historical Commission's cemetery program provides assistance in identifying, documenting, registering, conserving, and protecting Alabama's historic cemeteries. Through the cemetery program, the Alabama Historical Commission:

  • Informs the public about cemetery preservation guidelines
  • Teaches individuals and groups how to document cemeteries
  • Provides official historic designation for cemeteries through the Alabama Historic Cemetery Register
  • Assists those interested in purchasing a historical marker or plaques for cemeteries
  • Supplies free technical assistance on how to properly clean and repair cemeteries and grave markers
  • Makes information on Alabamas cemeteries laws available
  • Answers questions concerning the general history of Alabamas cemeteries.

For a list of Alabama Historical Commission cemetery historical markers & plaques in Alabama, click here.

Please click on the following links for additional information, survey forms or applications.

Alabama Legislature amends Burial Law

Governor Bob Riley signed amendment into law on April 30, 2010. Amended law provides equal protection under the law for Native American burials.     text of bill

What to Do When Disaster Strikes Historic Cemeteries.

For more information, please contact Lee Anne Wofford, Cemetery Program Coordinator, by phone at (334)230-2659 or by email at


Historic Preservation