With Alabama’s physical diversity and the diversity of her population, the range of cemeteries and grave markers within the state should come as no surprise. The state’s burial practices reflect the assorted religious, cultural, ethnic, a n d s o c i o - e c o n o m i c backgrounds of those buried here. Trends and fashions developed, but unlike architecture, changes in burial customs tended to evolve slowly. Some traditions from Alabama’s earliest settlement can still be found in a number of cemeteries, while abandoned in others. As settlement patterns and people’s view of death changed, cemeteries and burials evolved as well.