UAB Memorial Garden
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 on the 3rd Saturday of each month from 9:00am to 11:45am. The gate will be locked no later than 12:00 noon. Family members should contact Dr. Laura F. Cotlin, Director of the Anatomical Donor Program/Gross Anatomy Laboratory during regular business hours at 205-934-5341 (after hours and holidays leave a message requesting your visitation). We must have one scheduled visit for the cemetery gates to be opened for the third Saturday. All visits must be scheduled. If families from out of state are unable to visit on the 3rd Saturday of the month and need special privileges for a weekend visit you MUST call at least 1 week in advance to notify Dr. Cotlin. We also encourage visitors to sign in and out, and give us the name of the donor you were there to visit or honor.
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. However, our students typically hold a Service of Gratitude in the spring on campus to which all loved ones will be invited.
Directions to UAB's Cemetary 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