Archives for January 2016

2016 SOC Lecture Series: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy

New Orleans - Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series will begin with our first lecture on February, 25, 2016 at 6:30pm, with a lecture by Cheryl Gerber at Lake Lawn Funeral Home. This event is free and open to the public.

Gerber’s lecture will focus on death rituals and burial customs in New Orleans, which is the focus of her recently published book: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy.

Light refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy will be available for purchase.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331

About the Book:

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture–its contrasts, dichotomies, and social ironies, the things that make the city so richly diverse and distinctive–as seen through the lens of photojournalist Cheryl Gerber.

The book opens with Gerber’s shots of her hometown’s local color, showing how everyday New Orleanians live and how they celebrate life through Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, second lines, and more. The images then take a more serious turn as they depict the inequalities that sometimes make living in New Orleans so difficult. The book closes with photos depicting the way New Orleanians observe, mourn, and celebrate death. Besides images of jazz funerals, the photos include vigils for slain rapper Magnolia Shorty and Archbishop Philip Hannan, among others.

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy is a visual insider’s tour of modern New Orleans and its people.

About the Author:

Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. In 1992, she began working for Michael P. Smith, who nurtured her desire to document daily life in New Orleans. Today, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine, and has been staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces First Lecture Of 2016 (February 11, 2016 – PDF)

Register now for A Run Through History 2016!

A Run Through History 2016

The 15th Annual A Run Through History, a 1-mile and 5K run/walk benefiting Save Our Cemeteries, will be on Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in Metairie Cemetery. Registration is underway, so register today to guarantee a t-shirt and spot in the pack.

A Run Through History 2016, LogoThe 1-mile and 5K courses lace through historic Metairie Cemetery, one of the most famous & historic cemeteries of the South. Established in 1872, the area was previously Metairie horse racetrack and is now a national landmark. The cemetery offers a picturesque tour of Louisiana’s history that includes the resting places of many past governors, mayors, military leaders and prominent men & women of the business, cultural, political and social life of New Orleans.

Downloadable Entry Form with Information
Course Map

For more information visit our A Run Through History 2016 page.
For more information and to register, please visit

UPDATE 4/13/16:

Online registration is now closed. To register, the following options remain available:
Register at the pre-race packet pickup event hosted by Louisiana Running Company, 4153 Canal Street, New Orleans on Thursday, April 14th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Register on the day of race ( Sunday, April 17th) at the race site. Race day registration opens at 7:30 am. (inside Metairie Cemetery)

The cost to register is $35.00 for adults, and $25.00 for senior (65 & over) and youth (17 & under) entries.

Direct Link: Online Registration.

New Departure Location for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours Starting February 1, 2016

Beginning February 1, 2016, all regular St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours will begin at the front entrance of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – International St. Jude Shrine, 411 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Note: “Tombs By Twilight” Tours of St. Louis Cemetery No.1 will continue to depart from (RF’s) Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (located in the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel), 301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - International St. Jude Shrine

Next “Tombs By Twilight” Tour Is January 23, 2016


Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk with be on January 23, 2016 – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with the New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return for complimentary drinks, appetizers and post tour socializing.

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs & traditions of New Orleans.

Our January tour will begin at 4:30pm. Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

Make your reservation online easily by heading to the following page: