Video Report: Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed

Thanks to Kenny Lopez and our friends at WGNO-TV for this video news report about our efforts this past weekend (August 16th) to close 16 open tombs at the Valence Street Cemetery in uptown New Orleans, all but 3 have been closed with the last 3 being finished in the next few days. Thanks to all our masons, volunteers and donors who support our continuing “Open Tombs” project.

Open tombs in Uptown cemetery now fixed (WGNO-TV video) [Click to Open]  Click on image to play video              (Video courtesy of WGNO-TV)

Donations of any amount are always helpful and greatly appreciated. Contributions to the “Open Tombs” project can be made by sending a check to Save Our Cemeteries at: 501 Basin Street, Suite 3C, New Orleans LA 70112. They can be also made online at the following link: https://saveourcemeteries.ejoinme.org/?tabid=319869

Valence Street 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 Street Cemetery.

Airdate: 8/16/15

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Save Our Cemeteries To Participate In Katrina 10 Citywide Day Of Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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 SOC@SaveOurCemeteries.org. Volunteers can also sign-up through the city of New Orleans Katrina 10 website, Katrina10.org. 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
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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Save Our Cemeteries Continues “Open Tombs” Project At Valence Street Cemetery

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

SAVE OUR CEMETERIES CONTINUES “OPEN TOMBS” PROJECT AT VALENCE STREET CEMETERY

Non-profit Combats Vandalism At A Second Historic New Orleans Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – AUGUST 11, 2015 – In the wake of recent vandalism at yet another New Orleans cemetery, the Valence Street Cemetery, Save Our Cemeteries today announced that it will conduct repairs on 16+ open tombs at the historic uptown cemetery on Saturday, August 15th, starting at 8:30 am. SOC has again contracted with local masons to perform the repair work. Repairs at Valence Street Cemetery are the second phase of SOC’s “Open Tombs” project which started at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2. SOC recently finished repairs at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2, closing and repairing over 22 tombs.

“What has been happening to our historic cemeteries in New Orleans has been shameful.” says Amanda Walker, Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “Breaking into these tombs is disrespectful,” Ms. Walker continues, “SOC is actively addressing the vandalism issues in our cemeteries; it’s our mission to close every open tomb that we can. We hope to continue our ‘Open Tombs’ project at other cemeteries around the city after our job is complete at Valence Street Cemetery.”

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email at SOC@SaveOurCemeteries.org. Contributions can also be made through their website www.SaveOurCemeteries.org.

Valence Street 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 Street Cemetery. GPS Coordinates: Latitude: 29.93060, Longitude: -90.10670.

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
Director
Save Our Cemeteries
501 Basin Street, Suite 3C
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 525-3377
Email: director@saveourcemeteries.org
Website: www.SaveOurCemeteries.org

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Action Report: Open Graves Found At Second Cemetery

A video report from WWL-TV’s Bill Capo about SOC’s “Open Tombs” project and our efforts to close 16+ open tombs at the Valence Street Cemetery. SOC’s Director, Amanda Walker, was interviewed for the segment. Give it a watch!

Action Report: Open graves found at second cemetery (WWL-TV video) [Click to Open]  Click on image to play video

Donations of any amount are always helpful and greatly appreciated. Contributions to the “Open Tombs” project can be made by sending a check to Save Our Cemeteries at: 501 Basin Street, Suite 3C, New Orleans LA 70112. They can be also made online at the following link: https://saveourcemeteries.ejoinme.org/?tabid=319869

The Valence Street Cemetery opened in 1867 in what was the city of Jefferson, a suburb of New Orleans.

Airdate: 7/22/15

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Video: Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 Repairs By Save Our Cemeteries

Some video goodness from our friends at Nola.com on SOC’s “Open Tombs” project at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2. – Published on Jul 13, 2015. Give it a watch!


(Video courtesy of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune)

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