About this Database
This database is a work in progress and does not currently
include the name of every person buried at Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens.
When the database is complete, it will include the name and grave location
for every person identified in the cemetery's surviving records.
The Birmingham Public Library Archives, in cooperation with the
Memorial Gardens Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association
, and supported by
funds from the Association and a generous donation from
made this database available to help family members and other researchers
locate and verify grave sites at Shadow Lawn.
The cemetery is located at
1600 12th Street Southwest
in Birmingham, Alabama.
Shadow Lawn was originally deeded in 1889 as a "colored" burial ground and
is the largest African American cemetery in Birmingham. The original records
of the cemetery, dating from the late 1930s, are preserved in the BPL Archives
and are available for research. The whereabouts of the earlier cemetery records
is not known.
This database is incomplete.
Starts With - search by the first letter or
letters of a name
Contains - search for a letter or letters
anywhere in the name
Is Exactly - search a name exactly as
See the interactive plot map here
Database Coverage (as of Mar 25, 2017)
Years Indexed: 1863 - 2007
(Some records are not dated)
Names indexed: ABBOTT to ZUBER
(Some records have no last name included)
For more information on the Shadow Lawn Memorial Gardens
Maintenance and Perpetual Care Association, write P.O. Box 2919,
Birmingham, AL 35202 or call John L. Lanier, 205-533-3502.