We had an amazing group of dedicated volunteers this morning at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2! Thank you to the wonderful folks with City Year New Orleans for coming out and lending a hand – with so many hardworking people joining together, we were able to remove trash, debris and invasive vegetation from all 4 squares of the cemetery, and our scrub team tackled removing vegetative growth from several tombs. It’s incredible what can be accomplished when we come together.


Some of our wonderful volunteers in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 helping to remove vegetation and debris.


Our scrub team, hard at work removing vegetative growth from the tombs.

Thank You Volunteers Who Participated In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service

Save Our Cemeteries would like to thank all our volunteers that came out this past Saturday, August 29th to help clean-up Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 for the Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service. Great job everyone! We couldn’t have done it without you!

“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!

Click on image to view article. (.pdf)

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

The New Orleans Advocate August,16 2015

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)

Thank you masons, volunteers and donors!

We would like to to express our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the dedicated masons, volunteers and donors who made yesterday’s efforts (July 12th) to begin the “Open Tombs” project in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 a success! You wouldn’t have known it by everyone’s positive attitudes, but these folks came out and endured this weekend’s incredible heat to make the first phase of this project possible. Ultimately, this is why we do the work that we do – to preserve and protect the cemeteries. We look forward to continuing on in Valence Cemetery after work has been completed in Lafayette No. 2!

If you would like to make a donation to our “Open Tombs” project, please click on this link to make a donation DONATE NOW! Thank You for your support!