Preserving Auburn History

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Pine Hill Lantern Tour

CONTRIBUTED BY THE AUBURN HERITAGE ASSOCIATION

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The Auburn Heritage Association will conduct two historic marker dedications in Lee County June 10.

The first dedication ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. at Baptist Hill Cemetery on Dean Road, where the group will rededicate the historic marker. Auburn’s oldest African American cemetery was established in 1872 and was originally associated with Ebenezer Baptist Church.

Immediately after the ceremony at Baptist Hill, attendees will relocate to Pine Hill Cemetery on Armstrong Street in Auburn. There, the organization will rededicate the historic marker. Pine Hill was founded in 1837 by Auburn’s founder, Judge John J. Harper, and is where he is buried.

In preparation for this event, both markers have been sent back to the manufacturer and have been completely refurbished. One of the Auburn Heritage Association’s goals is to preserve Auburn’s history, and erecting historic markers is one of those edicts.

The group also invites the community to join them for the Historic Pine Hill Lantern Tour which is held each October. There, 1,500 luminaries light up the cemetery and characters are portrayed in what is billed as a family-friendly event.

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