The University of Alabama at Birmingham cemetery is located on UAB farm property at Cook Springs. It is a small cemetery, landscaped and well maintained with a single marker acknowledging the generosity of our total willed body donors. The cemetery is not open to the public, but may be visited by donors' families and friends by appointment. Family members should contact Dr. Laura F. Cotlin, Director of the Anatomical Donor Program during regular business hours at 205-934-5341 (after hours and holidays leave a message requesting your visitation).
Ashes of total willed body donors are interred in our cemetery if families do not wish to have them returned following study, or when there is no response to our correspondence to return the ashes after a period of two (2) years. There are no official ceremonies conducted at the time of the interment or individual markers placed; however, the procedure is performed with dignity and respect by the curator and all who assist. Otherwise, our students typically hold a Service of Gratitude on campus each spring, to which all family members will be invited.
Directions to UAB's Cemetery at Cook Springs
To visit UAB Memorial Garden at Cook Springs traveling from north Alabama, take I-65 South toward Birmingham merge onto I-20 E via Exit 261A go left toward Gadsden/Atlanta. Take Exit 152 toward Cook Springs Turn left onto Cook Springs Road. Go 1/8 mile to first paved road on right.
To visit UAB Memorial Garden at Cook Springs traveling from city of Birmingham - go north on Hwy 65 and take Hwy 20/59 East via Exit 261A, then merge onto I-20 via exit 130. Take Exit 152 and turn left at the stop sign. Go about 1/8 mile to first paved road on right.
For those of you that want to map quest the location or enter the location into your GPS device. You may use this address, which is located across the street. It will put you very close to the cemetery. The address is:
1325 Cook Springs Road
Pell City, Al 35125