Archives for January 2012

Thank you to our fantastic volunteers!

A HUGE thank you to our amazing volunteers who came out last Saturday. They worked on seven (!) tombs in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, restoring the ironwork surrounds & gates.

A special thank you to the two SOC board members (you know who you are!), the 3 former-interns (plus friend) who continue to volunteer their time with us, the repeat volunteers, and to Harry & Ryan, our volunteer leaders from Hands On New Orleans. We love you!

Working with Hands On has been a wonderful experience, so if you are looking for places to volunteer in New Orleans, I highly recommend their services.

The next volunteer project will be on February 25, and we’ll be back in St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 working on ironwork restoration, and maybe even a bit of marble cleaning. If you’re interested in signing up, please do so ASAP as the spots fill up quickly.

Maunsel White Tomb in Cypress Grove

In Cypress Grove Cemetery, along Live Oak Alley, Cypress Grove’s central cross alley, is the fenced-in Greek revival tomb of Maunsel White. White was a captain in the War of 1812 and was elected to the Louisiana Senate, but he is perhaps best remembered for inventing that Louisiana staple, pepper sauce. The gabled pediment possesses some particularly beautiful details with its fanned corners and flowery, palmette acroterion ornamentation.

Ironwork Restoration Project – Volunteers Needed

The next volunteer-friendly Restoration Project will be on January 21, 2012 from 9:00am-noon.

If you’d like to help restore antebellum ironwork in historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, the largest Creole cemetery in New Orleans, please sign up with Hands On New Orleans & we’ll reserve a spot for you.

Southwestern Lodge No. 40 in Odd Fellows Rest

Located in Odd Fellows Rest, the Southwestern Lodge No. 40 tomb commands attention due to its size, but it is most notable for the beautiful low-relief marble tablets and urns that are located on all four sides. Despite the inlaid tile with “Southwestern Lodge No. 40” in front of the tomb, it was probably built by the Teutonia Lodge No. 10, for words carved on the tomb itself proclaim in German, “Freundschaft Liebe und Wahrheit,” Friendship, Love and Truth.

Above this proclamation hangs a tablet with a gorgeous relief sculpture of a woman suckling an infant and comforting a child. These figures are surrounded by acanthus leaf curls that blossom with symbols of the International Order of Odd Fellows: the “Eye of Providence,” also adopted for the United States seal, stares out from the top of the tablet; moving counterclockwise from the eye we find, among other symbols, a skull and crossbones, a beehive, a dove, three crossed arrows, two crossed keys, a globe, a winged hourglass (tempus fugit), a book, and a sun.