Thank You Valence Cemetery Clean-Up Volunteers!

We want to extend our thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers who joined us for the clean-up on May 3rd, 2016 at Valence Cemetery, and to our friends at WDSU-TV News (New Orleans) for highlighting the work that we do in the video below:

Save Our Cemeteries heads Uptown to continue restoration, preservation efforts. (WDSU-TV, New Orleans)(Click on image to view video)


Video Link:
“Save Our Cemeteries Heads Uptown To Continue Restoration, Preservation Efforts” (WDSU-TV New Orleans, May 3, 2016 – Broadcast Video – Online)

Call For Volunteers: Clean-Up in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1

Photo BY Judi Bottoni  ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008Photograph by Judi Bottoni


Event Date/Time: Saturday, April 2, 9 AM – 12 PM
Event Location: Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, 1400 Washington Ave, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Due to the heavy rainfall the week of March 12th, we have rescheduled the second phase of our clean-up in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 to April 2nd, 2016 from 9:00am – 12:00pm. If you are interested in participating, please forward your contact information (full name, preferred email address) to

Earlier this month, on March 5th, Save Our Cemeteries partnered with the Tulane TIDES program to volunteer in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. The project was overseen by Michelle Duhon, of the Restoration Committee, who described the event as a great success: “We broke up into 3 groups: the largest number of kids went through the cemetery cutting weeds and picking up trash. We put a few students on the roof of the wall vaults, cleaning up leaves and debris. I paired 3 students with one of my workers, and had them put a coat of limewash on the Fireman’s Tomb. They were very excited to get to mix and apply limewash!”

We look forward to continuing work in a different area of the cemetery with our volunteers in April, and hope you will consider joining us!

PRESS RELEASE: Save Our Cemeteries Calls For Volunteers For Cemetery Clean-up (March 17, 2016 – PDF)

Thank You Volunteers Who Participated In Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 Cleanup!

Photo by Judi Bottoni  ©New Orleans Cemeteries 2008
Photograph by Judi Bottoni


We’d like to extend our thanks to Bayou Preservation LLC and students from the Tulane University TIDES Program for volunteering on Saturday, March 5th, 2016 in our cleanup of Lafayette Cemetery No. 1! We love seeing the community come together to help make a positive impact.

If you’ve ever wanted to get involved as a volunteer, consider joining our mailing list to receive information on upcoming opportunities, events and updates from the organization.

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:

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

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!