Sunday, July 31, 2011

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.


PumpkinBrain said...

Love those pictures. Thanks for sharing!

The Captain said...

Thanks! No. 2 was the spookiest we've been to, plus its not in the best of neighborhoods. That's why all the pictures from No. 2 are shot with the same settings, I was in a hurry as to not get mugged!

Wendy the (Very) Good Witch said...

These photos are fantastic! Thank you so much for sharing them here. I really, really want to go back to New Orleans and see it as an adult.

I'll have to look back through your posts, but did you guys get to go to the Voo Doo museum or any ghost tours? That's what I want to do. That, and photograph the cemeteries. Oh...and eat beignets at Cafe Du Monde and sit in some smokey jazz club and listen to some music.

Oh, and eat creole food....and....
Okay I'll stop! :o)