Archives for August 2015

Mizado Cocina “Giveback Day Event” benefits SOC!

Mizado Cocina "Giveback Day Event" - Click for larger view

Every Tuesday in September, Save Our Cemeteries is partnering with local restaurant Mizado Cocina for their “Giveback Day Event”! With each flyer presented or for every table that mentions Save Our Cemeteries on Tuesdays in September (for lunch, dinner or take-out), Mizado will donate 15% of all of sales to SOC. Help support Save Our Cemeteries by enjoying an incredible meal!

Enter Save Our Cemeteries Facebook Photo Contest!

SOC Facebook Photo Contest - Click To Enter

Do you love New Orleans’ cemeteries as much as we do? Show your love for Save Our Cemeteries by entering our photo contest! The winner will take home the goodie bag below for your tomb sweet tomb—contents include a New Orleans tomb pendant, individually pressed in white bronze; SOC tote bag; SOC water bottle; tomb beads; and a certificate for cemetery tour passes for two!

To Enter:

1. Like this contest photo
2. Like our page on Facebook –
3. Enter your own photo of a New Orleans cemetery & tag us!
4. Use the hashtag #saveourcemeteriesphotocontest in your image description

Winner will be selected by Save Our Cemeteries’ staff to celebrate our page reaching 5k followers! With fewer than 500 followers to go, don’t miss out on your chance to enter!

Official Contest Rules:

All eligible entries received during the submission period will be gathered, and a winner will be selected by a panel of judges and will be based on creativity. The winners will be announced on or before September 5, 2015 (or when Save Our Cemeteries’ page reaches 5k likes – whichever time is reached first) on or about noon CST.

One winner will be selected to receive the following prize pack: 1 cast white bronze New Orleans tomb pendant with Fleur-de-Lis overlay; 1 Save Our Cemeteries tote bag; 1 Save Our Cemeteries water bottle; 1 pair of tomb beads; and 1 certificate for cemetery tour passes for two, conducted by Save Our Cemeteries.

Winner will receive the allotted prize within 30 days of notification. An announcement that an entrant will be receiving a prize will be announced on social media – winner will be contacted via the Facebook count used to enter the contest.

Terms and conditions may apply. All federal, state and local taxes associated with the receipt or use of an prize is solely the responsibility of the winner.

To read more about Save Our Cemeteries contest rules and conditions, please visit our website: SOC General Contest Rules

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“Open Tombs” Project Newspaper Articles

Here are some recent news articles posted in local New Orleans newspapers about SOC’s “Open Tombs” project and what we are doing at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and Valence Street Cemetery. Give them a read!

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East Jefferson Picayune/Harahan-Picayune August 2, 2015 SOC article

The New Orleans Advocate August,16 2015

Video Report: Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed

Thanks to Kenny Lopez and our friends at WGNO-TV for this video news report about our efforts this past weekend (August 16th) to close 16 open tombs at the Valence Street Cemetery in uptown New Orleans, all but 3 have been closed with the last 3 being finished in the next few days. Thanks to all our masons, volunteers and donors who support our continuing “Open Tombs” project.

Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed (WGNO-TV video) [Click to Open]  Click on image to play video              (Video courtesy of WGNO-TV)

Donations of any amount are always helpful and greatly appreciated. Contributions to the “Open Tombs” project can be made by sending a check to Save Our Cemeteries at: 501 Basin Street, Suite 3C, New Orleans LA 70112. They can be also made online at the following link:

Valence Street Cemetery, located at 2000 Valence Street, between S. Saratoga and Danneel Streets in uptown New Orleans, was established in 1867. Once known as City Cemetery before the town of Jefferson City was annexed into New Orleans in 1870, the name was later changed to Valence Street Cemetery.

Airdate: 8/16/15

Save Our Cemeteries To Participate In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service



Non-profit To Perform Clean-up Of New Orleans’ Historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 2

NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 12, 2015 – Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it be participating in the Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s K10 Citywide Day of Service on Saturday, August 29, commemorating the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina that devastated the city of New Orleans and the gulf coast. Save Our Cemeteries’ contribution to the event will be to conduct a clean-up of Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. SOC is seeking volunteers to help remove vegetation from in and around tombs and perform general clean-up operations.

Katrina 10 Citywide Day of Service“We are honoured to be able to participate in Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s and the city of New Orleans’ K10 Citywide Day of service,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “This day of service fits perfectly with our organization’s efforts to help preserve and protect our city’s historic cemeteries.” Ms. Walker continues, “We invite everyone who is willing to participate in our contribution to this event to join us on August 29th.”

For individuals or organizations who would like volunteer for the event can contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email Volunteers can also sign-up through the city of New Orleans Katrina 10 website, Pre-registration is required.

The Citywide Day of Service will engage thousands of volunteers and focus service on seven specific regions of the City. Volunteers will support over 100 individual projects. The event is open to volunteers of all ages, backgrounds and levels of experience.

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, and is located in Central City at 2801 S. Saratoga Street, New Orleans.

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 To Participate In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service (August 12, 2015 – PDF)