I’m making it in just under a month (by a day) of posting some photos of New Orleans from when we arrived there. I brought two cameras so sorting photos has taken longer than I expected, especially as I keep starting other projects. That being said I’m going to post a few semi-organized sets, and I’m going to start of with one of the oldest walled cemeteries in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in the French Quarter, which dates back to the 1700’s. Because New Orleans is below sea-level, 90% of their graves are above ground (although it also seems based in Spanish and French tradition which was assimilated into New Orleans tradition), making them unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
These first two photos are of as you enter. The top photo shows the oldest graves, often called ovens due to their appearance.
Like many other parts of New Orleans this cemetery is a mix of their colonial past, the present, and rebuilding after disasters. This cemetery was originally filled with many who died in widespread disease. Although the cemetery was flooded during Katrina it suffered little damage.
It was also interesting to see the current grieving taking place along side 200 year old graves. Even as a tourist I definitely had the feeling of this being an active cemetery beyond just tours or those with cameras.
St. Louis cemetery is divided into several sections including plots donated to many famous jazz musicians whose families couldn’t afford burial costs (not pictured) and Homer Plessy of Plessy v. Ferguson (top photo). The bottom photo is of the Protestant section, which was sparse and much less grandiose due to tradition and politics of the time.