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St. Louis Cemeteries #1 & 2 – New Orleans

No trip to New Orleans is complete without a visit to one of the cemeteries. Because most of the city is below sea level, all graves must be above ground. We did not take a tour, but there are often groups being guided around the cemeteries, with stories of those people, both famous and infamous who are buried there. It is fascination to look at the headstones and see the names of people who lived and worked in New Orleans so long ago – some even before the Louisiana Purchase.

St Louis Cemetery #1 – The oldest cemetery in New Orleans. It was established in 1789.


Marie Laveau’s Tomb.
(Recently someone committed an act of reverse graffiti – by whitewashing the tomb.)

St Louis Cemetery #2. Established 1821.



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