Archives for October 2015

Save Our Cemeteries Mentioned In Halloween Issue Of Where Y’at Magazine

Save Our Cemeteries mentioned on page 20 'A Walk Through New Orleans Cemeteries' Where Y'at magazine

Save Our Cemeteries has received two mentions in the latest issue of Where Y’at magazine. You can read about us in the abbreviated article online :

Check out the full article from the Halloween issue of Where Y’at Magazine online:

…Or pick up a free copy at retail outlets, bars, restaurants and hotels around town. “A Walk Through New Orleans Cemeteries” starts on page 20.

“Mourning In Louisiana” Tour Starts This Friday, October 16th

Save Our Cemeteries Mourning In Louisiana TourPhotograph by Tulane Public Relations


Will you be joining us this Friday, October 16th for our first “Mourning In Louisiana” tour? Save Our Cemeteries and the Pitot House & Louisiana Landmarks Society have partnered together to present a special tour on 19th century mourning and interment customs! The tour showcases both the historic Pitot House museum and St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, with light refreshments to be served afterwards.

Tour groups meet at the Pitot House on Bayou St. John at 1:30 pm and walk to the historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 with a trained and licensed tour guide. After a tour of burial customs and the historic figures located in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, the tour returns to the Pitot House with a short tour of the house and collections. The Pitot House will display 19th century mourning attire and other period necro-artifacts and textiles from a private collection on loan.

Located on historic Bayou St. John, the Pitot House is the only Creole colonial country house that is open to the public in New Orleans. It tells the story of life along the bayou since the earliest days of settlement. The Pitot House has had a variety of owners from prominent lawyers to austere nuns. One of the most prominent was James Pitot, the first mayor of New Orleans after the city’s incorporation who lived here from 1810-1819. The Pitot House is a National Trust for Historic Preservation Partner Place.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3 is located near the end of Esplanade Avenue, near Bayou St. John. The cemetery had its beginnings in 1848 when an Act was passed by Legislature in March of that year under which the City Council privileged the Cathedral wardens to establish a new cemetery. It opened in 1854. The crypts on average are more elaborate than at the other St. Louis cemeteries, including a number of fine 19th century marble tombs. Those entombed include ragtime composer Paul Sarebresole, photographer E. J. Bellocq, and painter Ralston Crawford.

Tours are conducted 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm every Friday afternoon from October 16th through November 20th, 2015.

Admission is $30/person.

To make your reservation now:

Download: Mourning In Louisiana Tour Flyer (PDF)

Save Our Cemeteries Featured In Time Warner Cable Segment

We’re very excited to share this video segment with you all, produced for Time Warner Cable and featuring Save Our Cemeteries restoration efforts, filmed in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1!

“A look at the cemeteries of New Orleans, featuring the work of the non-profit group, Save Our Cemeteries. This segment was produced for Time Warner Cable.”

Referring to the cemeteries, Executive Director Amanda Walker states: “We like to refer to them as outdoor museums, because they really represent who built this city, and the architecture of different time periods…”

Watch it here:

Save Our Cemeteries Mentioned in Smithsonian Magazine

Volunteers are Struggling to Maintain New Orleans’ Iconic Tombs - Smithsonian article 9-28-15. Image by Robert Holmes/CORBISPhotograph by Robert Holmes/CORBIS


Save Our Cemeteries is proud to have been mentioned in a September 28th article in the Smithsonian Magazine online (

“This is the second cemetery where we’ve had an emergency operation like this,” Adam Stevenson, president of Save Our Cemeteries tells Welch while observing emergency repairs at Valence Cemetery following a break-in. “Between here and Lafayette No. 2…there were about 20-odd open vaults. Something just had to be done.”

Read the whole article here:
“Volunteers are Struggling to Maintain New Orleans’ Iconic Tombs” – Smithsonian Magazine