|Franklin (Monroe County)|
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Springhill Baptist Church, located beside the cemetery, was founded in the early 1890's by Marion McKinley (1850-1947), William Cass McKinley (1852-1940), William A. Griffin (1846-1920) and Drew Massey. After purchasing a discarded church, they moved it from River Ridge and built at the present day site of the old Springhill Baptist Church.
The new Springhill Church building is on Hwy-41 where Tin Cup Road junctions. The church is a large modern brick structure that includes a fellowship hall. The beauty of this place is that the original church is still standing but not in use. The old church building is pictured at the right of this page and it sits at the edge of the cemetery - both being about 200 yards east of the new building. The old church is a wood structure that is complimented by a chimney in the west end and his/her outhouses at the east end. Farther down the deep slope is a small structure that was used as a changing room beside a small outdoor baptismal pool.
To reach the church/cemetery, start your trip at the old Monroeville courthouse square. Take Hwy-41 north through the hill/valley country along the Alabama River. Drive to more or less mile marker 62-63 or about 18 miles northward and the new church will become clearly in view. There will be signs at roadside pointing to the cemetery, as well as signs pointing northeast on Tin Cup Road and the St. Peter Baptist Church and Cemetery.