Editor's Note: This post was originally published in August 2013 and has been updated with the most recent information.
Cemeteries are an intrinsic part of New Orleans’ landscape and history. Because the city is below sea level, interring a body six feet under is not a viable option (caskets literally float back up out of the ground). So, New Orleans has developed a unique cemetery culture of above-ground tombs.
In New Orleans, you'll find cemeteries dating back as early as 1789; a triple-x marked tomb believed to house Voodoo queen Marie Laveau; a Hurricane Katrina memorial paying tribute to the unclaimed and unidentified victims of the storm; and a relationship with the spiritual world that’s both haunting and beautiful.
It should be noted that many of these cemeteries were in a serious state of disrepair—some still are—and Save Our Cemeteries, well, pretty much saved them, with the help of the Archdiocese.
If you’re interested in tours or volunteering, visit Save Our Cemeteries website for more information.Read More