For Immediate Release: Save Our Cemeteries To Clean-up Lafayette Cemetery #1

***Update: This event was cancelled due to heavy rain and flooding***



Cemetery Preservation Organization Teams With The Industrial Asset Management Council To Beautify Historic Uptown Cemetery

NEW ORLEANS, LA – March 9, 2016 – Save Our Cemeteries announced today that it will be partnering with the Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) to perform a clean-up of New Orleans’ historic Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 on Saturday, March 12th, 2016 from 8:30 am to 1 pm. The IMAC will be providing 50 volunteers to help Save Our Cemeteries complete a general clean-up of the cemetery grounds, including the removal of vegetation from tombs, which SOC started last weekend. SOC started the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 clean-up project on March 5th, with help from Bayou Preservation LLC and students from the Tulane University TIDES Program.

“We looking forward to completing our clean-up of Lafayette Cemetery No.1 this weekend” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. Ms. Walker continues, “And we would like to thank the IAMC, Bayou Preservation LLC and the Tulane University TIDES Program for their help with our efforts to keep Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 beautiful.”

Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located at 1416-1498 Washington Ave in New Orleans, LA, in the heart of the Garden District, between Washington, Sixth, Prytania, and Coliseum streets. Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest of the seven municipal, city-operated cemeteries in New Orleans.

About The IAMC
The Industrial Asset Management Council (IAMC) is a collegial member-focused organization devoted to world-class education, leadership development, and relationship building for industrial real estate professionals. The IAMC is the leading industrial real estate organization committed to implementing the best strategies for success in corporate operations through innovation and excellence. For more information on the IAMC, visit their website at

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
1539 Jackson Avenue, Suite 415
New Orleans, LA 70130-5896
Phone: (504) 525-3377


Save Our Cemeteries To Clean-up Lafayette Cemetery #1 (March 9, 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.

2016 SOC Lecture Series: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy

New Orleans - Life and Death in the Big Easy by Cheryl Gerber

The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series will begin with our first lecture on February, 25, 2016 at 6:30pm, with a lecture by Cheryl Gerber at Lake Lawn Funeral Home. This event is free and open to the public.

Gerber’s lecture will focus on death rituals and burial customs in New Orleans, which is the focus of her recently published book: New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy.

Light refreshments and a book signing will follow the lecture. Copies of New Orleans – Life and Death in the Big Easy will be available for purchase.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 25, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331

About the Book:

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy uses photo juxtaposition to portray New Orleans culture–its contrasts, dichotomies, and social ironies, the things that make the city so richly diverse and distinctive–as seen through the lens of photojournalist Cheryl Gerber.

The book opens with Gerber’s shots of her hometown’s local color, showing how everyday New Orleanians live and how they celebrate life through Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, second lines, and more. The images then take a more serious turn as they depict the inequalities that sometimes make living in New Orleans so difficult. The book closes with photos depicting the way New Orleanians observe, mourn, and celebrate death. Besides images of jazz funerals, the photos include vigils for slain rapper Magnolia Shorty and Archbishop Philip Hannan, among others.

New Orleans: Life and Death in the Big Easy is a visual insider’s tour of modern New Orleans and its people.

About the Author:

Cheryl Gerber is a freelance journalist and documentary photographer working in New Orleans, where she was born. In 1992, she began working for Michael P. Smith, who nurtured her desire to document daily life in New Orleans. Today, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times, the Associated Press, and New Orleans Magazine, and has been staff photographer for Gambit Weekly since 1994. During the past two decades, Cheryl has won several awards from the New Orleans Press Club for her work on social issues and news photography.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Announces First Lecture Of 2016 (February 11, 2016 – PDF)

Register now for A Run Through History 2016!

A Run Through History 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. Registration is underway, so register today to guarantee a t-shirt and spot in the pack.

A Run Through History 2016, LogoThe 1-mile and 5K courses lace through historic Metairie Cemetery, one of the most famous & historic cemeteries of the South. Established in 1872, the area was previously Metairie horse racetrack and is now a national landmark. The cemetery offers a picturesque tour of Louisiana’s history that includes the resting places of many past governors, mayors, military leaders and prominent men & women of the business, cultural, political and social life of New Orleans.

Downloadable Entry Form with Information
Course Map

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

UPDATE 4/13/16:

Online registration is now closed. To register, the following options remain available:
Register at the pre-race packet pickup event hosted by Louisiana Running Company, 4153 Canal Street, New Orleans on Thursday, April 14th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Register on the day of race ( Sunday, April 17th) at the race site. Race day registration opens at 7:30 am. (inside Metairie Cemetery)

The cost to register is $35.00 for adults, and $25.00 for senior (65 & over) and youth (17 & under) entries.

Direct Link: Online Registration.

SOC Final Lecture Of 2015 Series On November 10, 2015

Join us for Save Our Cemeteries’ final lecture of our 2015 series, “Taken to the Grave: Lesser Known Tombs in the St. Louis Cemeteries” a lecture by Sally Asher, on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm.

Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher Sally Asher is a skilled researcher and gifted fine-arts photographer. Her work has appeared in many local, national, and international media outlets, including, but not limited to Newsweek, U.S. World News, and New Orleans Magazine. She has been the public relations photographer for Tulane University since 2008.

Ms. Asher is blessed with a natural talent for writing which has been honed to perfection through her studies at Loyola and Tulane Universities. She graduated summa cum laude from Loyola University with a degree in English and received the Department of English award of Excellence in Writing. In 2011, she graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University with a Masters in English. She is the author of numerous publications, including her recent book, “Hope and New Orleans: a History of Crescent City Street Names”, published in 2014.

Ms. Asher will also have a book signing for her just released book, “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans” immediately following her lecture. The event is free and open to the public.

Event Information:
Cost: FREE
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Beginning at 6:30pm
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home (MAP)
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd
New Orleans, LA 70124

PRESS RELEASE: Save Our Cemeteries Announces Final Lecture Of 2015 Series (November 4, 2015 – PDF)