Archives for May 2016

SOC’s Next “Tombs By Twilight” Tour is Saturday, June 25th

Tombs By Twilight Tour, St. Louis Cemetery #1

Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk with be conducted on Saturday, June 25th at 7:00 PM – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (RF’s) at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return to the hotel lounge 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 and Basin Streets. It is the final resting place of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.

Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed tomb of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

The oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions of New Orleans.

Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. A portion of the proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards cemetery restoration in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

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120th Anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson Decision Is May 18th.

Homer Plessy's Tomb. St. Louis Cemetery #1,  New Orleans, LA (Source: Flickr/Wikimedia/Infrogmation)Homer Plessy’s Tomb, New Orleans. Source: Flickr/Wikimedia/Infrogmation


The 120th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Plessy v. Ferguson decision is May 18th. Plessy v. Ferguson*, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of “separate but equal”. You can visit Homer Plessy’s tomb on SOC’s St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tour.

Article: Homer Plessy needs 99,000 signatures for Presidential Medal of Freedom consideration ( – May 11, 2016)

* – Source: Wikipedia

Thank You Valence Cemetery Clean-Up Volunteers!

We want to extend our thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers who joined us for the clean-up on May 3rd, 2016 at Valence Cemetery, and to our friends at WDSU-TV News (New Orleans) for highlighting the work that we do in the video below:

Save Our Cemeteries heads Uptown to continue restoration, preservation efforts. (WDSU-TV, New Orleans)(Click on image to view video)


Video Link:
“Save Our Cemeteries Heads Uptown To Continue Restoration, Preservation Efforts” (WDSU-TV New Orleans, May 3, 2016 – Broadcast Video – Online)