Memorial: SOC Founder Mary Louise Christovich passes away at age 89


Mary Louise Mossy Christovich, Founder of Save Our Cemeteries


Dear Save Our Cemeteries Supporters and Friends:

It is with a heavy heart that SOC announces the passing of our wonderful and accomplished founder, Mary Louise Christovich.

Mrs. Christovich long exemplified an extraordinary level of commitment to historic preservation.  In 1974, a plan was introduced to demolish the fragile and crumbling wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2. Mrs. Christovich’s passion and love for the history and architecture of our local cemeteries motivated her to form a group of like-minded citizens to advocate against the proposal. After a long and hard battle, these wall vaults were not only saved, her newly formed organization, Save Our Cemeteries, raised the funds to stabilize and restore them.

Her group soon realized the need to preserve and protect all of New Orleans’ historic cemeteries and today, Save Our Cemeteries remains the only non-profit organization in the city solely dedicated the preservation, promotion, and protection of the historic cemeteries of New Orleans.

Mrs. Christovich was not only a preservation advocate, she was an educator, philanthropist, and author of six publications focusing on historic architecture in New Orleans. Her most recent publication Garden Legacy is a beautifully written and visually stunning account of the history of the French-American tradition of landscape design and horticultural study.

She also served as a board member and volunteer for many local community groups and non-profits, including The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, Friends of the Cabildo, the Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carre, the Central Business District Improvement Association, Louisiana Landmarks Society, and Preservation Resource Center.

Mrs. Christovich’s achievements are numerous. She was a treasure to the people of New Orleans and all of Louisiana, and an inspiration and great mentor to me during my time here at Save Our Cemeteries. The Board, staff, and I are fortunate and honored to continue on with her good work.

We shall miss you dearly, Mary Lou.

Amanda Walker, Executive Director                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 & the Board and Staff at Save Our Cemeteries

A memorial ceremony for Mrs. Christovich will take place on Wednesday, January 3, 2017, at noon, at The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, in the French Quarter.


Annual Membership Meeting: December 8, 2016


Please join the staff, Board of Directors, and fellow members for socialization and celebration of SOC’s accomplishments in 2016!

To be held Tuesday, December 8, 2016 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at the

Lousiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, New Orleans, LA 70113

Members will vote on the new slate of board members and be presented with the Annual Report by the President of Save Our Cemeteries. An awards ceremony and the honoring of outgoing board members will follow.

Food and beverages will be provided.

For more information, call Save Our Cemeteries office at (504) 525 – 3377.

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:

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

FOX 8 New Orleans Interviews SOC About “A Run Through History”

Save Our Cemeteries Run - WVUE-TV / New Orleans FOX 8 interviews Development Director for Save Our Cemeteries, Mac Devaughn, to talk about the 15th annual "A Run Through History" event, and how it benefits the organization.

WVUE-TV / New Orleans FOX 8 interviews Development Director for Save Our Cemeteries, Mac Devaughn, to talk about the 15th annual “A Run Through History” event, and how it benefits our organization. Air-Date: 4/11/16.

View the whole interview here:
“Save Our Cemeteries Run” (WVUE-TV/FOX 8 – New Orleans, April 11, 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.

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