Archives for July 2015

Thank you masons, volunteers and donors!

We would like to to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the dedicated masons, volunteers and donors who made yesterday’s efforts (July 12th) to begin the “Open Tombs” project in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 a success! You wouldn’t have known it by everyone’s positive attitudes, but these folks came out and endured this weekend’s incredible heat to make the first phase of this project possible. Ultimately, this is why we do the work that we do – to preserve and protect the cemeteries. We look forward to continuing on in Valence Cemetery after work has been completed in Lafayette No. 2!

If you would like to make a donation to our “Open Tombs” project, please click on this link to make a donation DONATE NOW! Thank You for your support!

Save Our Cemeteries Undertakes “Open Tombs” Project At Lafayette Cemetery No. 2



Non-profit Combats Recent Vandalism at New Orleans’ Historic Central City Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 8, 2015– In the wake of recent vandalism at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it will conduct repairs on several open tombs at the historic Central City cemetery on Sunday, July 12th, 2015 starting at 9 am. SOC has contracted 8 local masons to perform the repair work. A primary focus of Sunday’s repairs will be closing several vaults that were broken into, in the Young Men’s Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association tomb. SOC has received permission from the City of New Orleans and YMO, founded in 1884, to perform the much needed repairs.

“We are pleased to get this project rolling,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “Completing repairs at Lafayette #2 has been on our radar screen for some time now, and is of the utmost urgency because of the amount of vandalism that has occurred recently.” Ms. Walker continues, “Save Our Cemeteries would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Association for their significant contribution to this project. We hope to continue our ‘Open Tombs’ project at other cemeteries around the city after the tombs are closed in Lafayette No. 2.”

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project please contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email

Historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, owned by the city of New Orleans, was founded in 1850. The cemetery is home to many diverse benevolent society tombs dating back to the 19th century. Benevolent societies historically served an important role in the community; very few remain active to this day, creating a need for other organizations and individuals to assist in cemetery upkeep and repairs. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 is located at 2801 S. Saratoga Street in New Orleans and bounded by Washington Avenue, Sixth and Loyola Streets.

About Save Our Cemeteries
Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in New Orleans, LA. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.

Media Contact:
Amanda Walker
Executive Director
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377


Download Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Undertakes “Open Tombs” Project At Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 (PDF)

Vote for SOC in Gambit’s 2015 BONO Readers’ Poll

Vote For SOC in Gambit's 2015 BONO Poll - Click Here!

Voting is now open on Gambit Weekly’s 2015 Best Of New Orleans Readers’ Poll! Question #93 asks you to vote for your favorite New Orleans Nonprofit… please vote for Save Our Cemeteries!

Only one ballot per person will be counted, and at least 25 percent of the ballot must be completed for your votes to count (that’s 41 questions). Voting continues through July 31. Winners to be announced in the August 25, 2015 issue of Gambit.

Please vote for Save Our Cemeteries!

Here’s the link: Vote For SOC in Gambit’s 2015 BONO Poll

The DeadSpace Project: A resource for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No 1. from Basin Street Station

The DeadSpace Project is a result of a two-phase documentation and conservation project focusing on St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 developed by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Fine Arts Departments of Historic Preservation and Landscape Architecture with Tulane University’s School of Architecture/Preservation Studies in conjunction with Save our Cemeteries, Inc. and the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

The DeadSpace Project website has an abundance of resource information about St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, such as: tomb & marker surveys, information on maintenance, restoration and repair guidelines for tombs, photos of tombs, maps, a list of the cemetery’s most significant inhabitants, virtual 3d tours and even a downloadable coloring book for the kiddies!

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