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“Safe on Sunday mornings”

St Louis Cemetery No 2
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New Orleans' City of the Dead No. 1 Cemetery Tour
Ranked #130 of 354 things to do in New Orleans
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: St. Louis No. 2 is located some three blocks back from St. Louis No. 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 Andre Cailloux (1825-1863), African-American Union hero and martyr of the American Civil War. 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 many notable citizens of 19th and 20th century New Orleans laid to rest here. These include the Venerable Mother Henriette DeLille, who is a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church.
Metairie, LA
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“Safe on Sunday mornings”
Reviewed November 24, 2012

The second oldest cemetery in the city. The neighborhood is not good but on Sunday mornings there is a police guard there who is paid by the Save Our Cemeteries organization of N.O. to encourage people to visit this fascinating cemetery. Notable burials include Dominique You (pirate) and many famous local musicians. The cemetery takes up three blocks and has many tombs designed by famous architects and tomb builders of the mid 19th century. If your interest is cemeteries and you wish to see many fine examples of different types of burial methods in the city, do visit on a Sunday morning.

Visited November 2012
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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“We took a tour of this cemetery”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

If you like history wrapped up in good storytelling and an easy stroll, this is for you. We learned about the different ethnic, cultural, religious, and practical matters behind the burial practices, and then more about the inhabitants of the cemetery. Bring a bottle of water. There is a bathroom break in the middle.

Visited May 2012
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Bolivar, Ohio
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

We knew that Orleans had above ground tombs because of the water level there.
It is very sombering to walk through the cemetery and see all of the crypts there. So different than we are used to in the north.

Visited July 2012
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Beaufort, South Carolina
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“Interesting Cemetary”
Reviewed July 25, 2012

Having never been to New Orleans, I wanted to take our Youth Group to a Cemetary. We jumped on the Canal Streetcar and rode it out to the cemetary. It was very interesting. You have to go around the cemetary to find a gate open, but it was worth it. We enjoyed the Cemetary.

Visited July 2012
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“Cemetery visit”
Reviewed May 24, 2012

Took Rev Zombie's VooDoo tour of cemetery. Had guide who was very knowledgable and interesting to listen too. Visited Queen of VooDoo's tomb -Marie Laveau on tour. Learned interesting facts about burial rituals and how they have changed over the years. Enjoyed the tour. Go early in morning if you go in summer - wear a hat and take a bottle of water. You will need sunscreen on too because the sun bakes you quickly.

Visited May 2012
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