SOC’s Next “Tombs By Twilight” Tour is Saturday, June 25th

Tombs By Twilight Tour, St. Louis Cemetery #1

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, June 25th at 7:00 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/

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120th Anniversary of Plessy v. Ferguson Decision Is May 18th.

Homer Plessy's Tomb. St. Louis Cemetery #1,  New Orleans, LA (Source: Flickr/Wikimedia/Infrogmation)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.

Article: Homer Plessy needs 99,000 signatures for Presidential Medal of Freedom consideration (Nola.com – May 11, 2016)

* – Source: Wikipedia

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2016 Easter Weekend Schedule

2016 Easter Weekend Schedule

The archdiocese will close St. Louis Cemetery #1 early on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016 at 2:00 pm.

Save Our Cemeteries’ last tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 on Good Friday, March 25th, 2016 will be at 11:30 am due to the early closure of the cemetery by the archdiocese. There will be NO 1 pm tour.

There will be NO cemetery tours on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2016.

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SOC Tour Makes The Huffington Post’s 5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours In America!

 St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 - Credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 – Credit: Wally Gobetz / Flickr

 

Save Our Cemeteries tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 makes The Huffington Post’s “5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours in America.” Our St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tour came in at #3! Thanks y’all!

Read the whole article here:
“5 Best Guided Cemetery Tours in America” (The Huffington Post) Article originally dated 11/2/15.

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New Departure Location for St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours Starting February 1, 2016

Beginning February 1, 2016, all regular St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tours will begin at the front entrance of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church – International St. Jude Shrine, 411 N Rampart St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Note: “Tombs By Twilight” Tours of St. Louis Cemetery No.1 will continue to depart from (RF’s) Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (located in the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel), 301 Dauphine St, New Orleans, LA 70112.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Church - International St. Jude Shrine
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New Orleans tops Redfin’s list of 13 Best Cities for Halloween
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