Pine Hill was established in 1837 and is the oldest cemetery in Auburn. Judge John J. Harper, Auburn’s founder, donated almost 6 acres to the new town to be used as a community burying ground for white settlers and their slaves. The original part of the cemetery lies to the north and contains the oldest marked grave – 1838. Early cemetery records are non-existent, as the fist survey was conducted in the 1950s when over 1,100 marked graves were cataloged. Of this number, only one black grave is identified. A cross section of Auburn Citizens are buried here, including University presidents and slaves. Pine Hill was placed on the Alabama Register in 1978. Today, it is owned and maintained by the City of Auburn. Pine Hill Cemetery is open for visitation from sunup to sundown.