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.
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/
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.
* – Source: Wikipedia
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.