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

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

(Video courtesy of | The Times-Picayune)

New Cemetery Tour Pricing Structure Effective 7/15/15

Save Our Cemeteries has enacted some changes to our tour pricing structure, going into effect July 15, 2015. We have decided to make these changes in order to best meet the increased demand for tours, given the present restrictions for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in particular.

Unless otherwise noted, the prices listed below are for our regular/daily tours of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. Special tours, themed tours and group tours may have their own individual pricing and restrictions. We highly recommend that you book your tour online, in order to guarantee your reservation. Tour bookings made online will receive a reduced rate.

Bookings Online: The price to reserve a space on a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 & No. 2 is $20.00* per person (ages 12+). Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 tour reservations can be made at a cost of $15.00* per person (ages 12+). *-an additional small service fee will apply. Additional discounts, (such as promo codes) can only be redeemed online. Reservations online must be made at least 2 hours prior to the tour.

Bookings By Phone: If your reservation is made at least 12 hours in advance, you will be given the online discounted rate. Reservations made by phone less than 12 hours before the tour will be charged the “walk-up” price, and the additional service fee.

Walk-ups: Individuals who have not booked a tour through our website or phone will be charged $25.00 per person (ages 12+) to tour St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 & No. 2. Tours of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 will be at a cost of $20.00 per person (ages 12+). Walk-up prices are Cash Only.

You can book our cemetery tours HERE.

Save Our Cemeteries Undertakes “Open Tombs” Project At Lafayette Cemetery No. 2



Non-profit Combats Recent Vandalism at New Orleans’ Historic Central City Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – JULY 8, 2015– In the wake of recent vandalism at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it will conduct repairs on several open tombs at the historic Central City cemetery on Sunday, July 12th, 2015 starting at 9 am. SOC has contracted 8 local masons to perform the repair work. A primary focus of Sunday’s repairs will be closing several vaults that were broken into, in the Young Men’s Olympian Jr. Benevolent Association tomb. SOC has received permission from the City of New Orleans and YMO, founded in 1884, to perform the much needed repairs.

“We are pleased to get this project rolling,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. “Completing repairs at Lafayette #2 has been on our radar screen for some time now, and is of the utmost urgency because of the amount of vandalism that has occurred recently.” Ms. Walker continues, “Save Our Cemeteries would like to extend our sincerest thanks to the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Association for their significant contribution to this project. We hope to continue our ‘Open Tombs’ project at other cemeteries around the city after the tombs are closed in Lafayette No. 2.”

For individuals or organizations who would like to make a financial contribution to the “Open Tombs” project please contact Save Our Cemeteries at 504-525-3377 or email

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. Benevolent societies historically served an important role in the community; very few remain active to this day, creating a need for other organizations and individuals to assist in cemetery upkeep and repairs. Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 is located at 2801 S. Saratoga Street in New Orleans and bounded by Washington Avenue, Sixth and Loyola Streets.

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 Undertakes “Open Tombs” Project At Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 (PDF)

Vote for SOC in Gambit’s 2015 BONO Readers’ Poll

Vote For SOC in Gambit's 2015 BONO Poll - Click Here!

Voting is now open on Gambit Weekly’s 2015 Best Of New Orleans Readers’ Poll! Question #93 asks you to vote for your favorite New Orleans Nonprofit… please vote for Save Our Cemeteries!

Only one ballot per person will be counted, and at least 25 percent of the ballot must be completed for your votes to count (that’s 41 questions). Voting continues through July 31. Winners to be announced in the August 25, 2015 issue of Gambit.

Please vote for Save Our Cemeteries!

Here’s the link: Vote For SOC in Gambit’s 2015 BONO Poll

SOC Tomb Pendants Again Available For Purchase!

SOC Tomb Pendant by local artist Gerald Haessig


SOC is pleased to pleased to announce that the beautiful tomb pendants created for Save Our Cemeteries are once again in stock and available! The design is a Florentine fleur-de-lis overlay on an iconic New Orleans tomb. Like New Orleans, Florence, Italy also suffered a great flood. The piece symbolizes the cities’ shared experiences of rebuilding while preserving the local art, culture and history.

Individually cast in white bronze by local artist Gerald Haessig of Gerald Haessig Designs. Each pendant is $35, (which includes box pictured) and free shipping. If you would like to inquire about purchasing one of these pendants, please direct your email to: