Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 (Re-Post)

Click through the photo to see pictures of the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 from our trip to New Orleans back in 2008.

Saint Louis Cemetery No. 2

St. Louis #2 is located some 3 blocks back from St. Louis #1, bordering Claiborne Avenue. It was consecrated in 1823. A number of notable jazz and rhythm & blues musicians are buried here, including Danny Barker and Ernie K. Doe. Also entombed here is Dominique You, a notorious pirate who assisted in the defense of the city against the British in the Battle of New Orleans. Andre Cailloux, African-American hero of the American Civil War is also buried here.

The cemetery received minor flooding during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and its tombs seemed virtually untouched by the storm when the water went down, aside from the brownish waterline visible on all structures that were flooded. There are also many notable citizens of 19th and 20th century New Orleans laid to rest here. For example the tomb of Blessed Mother Henriette DeLille, who is a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church, Jean Baptiste Dupeire (1795–1874) prominent citizen of New Orleans, among others. It was listed in National Register of Historic Places in 1975.


I found this large hammer laying on top of a tomb. I had to hold the camera up above my head to get these pictures (I'm 6'3). Grave robbers? Vampire slayer? We'll never know for sure, but what ever was going on, it sure is a weird place to leave a big hammer.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3

St. Louis #3 is located some 2 miles back from the French Quarter, some 30 blocks from the Mississippi, fronting Esplanade Avenue near Bayou St. John. It opened in 1854. The crypts on average are more elaborate than at the other St. Louis cemeteries, including a number of fine 19th century marble tombs. Those entombed include ragtime composer Paul Sarebresole and photographer E. J. Bellocq.

St. Louis #3 also includes a Greek Orthodox section. The cemetery was heavily flooded during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, but its tombs escaped relatively unscathed.