SOC’s Next “Tombs by Twilight” Tour is July 23rd!

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, July 23rd at 6:30 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.

Make your reservation online: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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Join SOC for our Annual Seminar!

SL3Photo credited to photographer Emily Newman.

Join Save Our Cemeteries for our Annual Seminar on July 16th, 2016. Guests interested in joining SOC for the full-day will enjoy guided tours of St. Louis No. 3, Metairie and Cypress Grove Cemeteries (transportation between cemeteries will be provided via bus), before the afternoon lecture sessions commence. Sally Asher, author of Stories from the Cemeteries of New Orleans and Hope & New Orleans: A History of the Crescent City, and published photographer, will present on the history of cremation. Mr. Jerry Schoen will follow with his discussion of cremation in present day New Orleans.

Full day registration will cost $60, and includes the cost of lunch. For guests only interested in attending the afternoon lectures, registration costs are reduced to $10. Afternoon guests may also order lunch for an additional cost of $10. A variety of sandwich options will be available to select from, catered by the Honey Baked Ham Company.

To make your reservation: Book Now!

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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.

Make your reservation online: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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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 (Nola.com – May 11, 2016)

* – Source: Wikipedia

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Volunteers Needed: Clean-Up in Valence Cemetery on May 3, 2016

SOC volunteer clean-up

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 9 am – 12 pm, Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising a community clean-up of Valence Cemetery. We are looking for dedicated volunteers from the community, with the goal of making significant strides clipping ferns and invasive vegetation, and removing trash from the cemetery.

No special skills are needed, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

Valence 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 Cemetery.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Seeks Volunteers For Valence Cemetery Clean-up (April 18, 2016 – PDF)

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