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)

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Volunteers Needed: Clean-Up in Valence Cemetery on May 3, 2016

SOC volunteer clean-up

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from 9 am – 12 pm, Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising a community clean-up of Valence Cemetery. We are looking for dedicated volunteers from the community, with the goal of making significant strides clipping ferns and invasive vegetation, and removing trash from the cemetery.

No special skills are needed, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

If you are interested in volunteering for this clean-up, please email your contact information to stephanie@saveourcemeteries.org.

Valence 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 Cemetery.

Press Release: Save Our Cemeteries Seeks Volunteers For Valence Cemetery Clean-up (April 18, 2016 – PDF)

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SOC Featured In National Geographic Magazine!

Vandals, Grave Robbers, and Fire Ants Haunt a City's Famous Cemeteries - Photograph by Philip Gould, Corbis Photograph by Philip Gould, Corbis

 

Save Our Cemeteries is honored to be featured in this article from National Geographic! Nat Geo chats with SOC’s President, Adam Stevenson, about our “Open Tombs” project and recent repair efforts at Valence Street Cemetery.

Excerpts:
“New Orleans’ iconic above-ground cemeteries… are one of the many reasons tourists flock to the city. But the… upkeep of the tombs falls to their owners, the majority of whom have died themselves—or otherwise disappeared—over the years.That leaves it to independent groups… to fix the crumbling landmarks. Today, they’re doing urgent work.”

Read the whole article here:
news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150923-saving-new-orleans-cemeteries-grave-robbers/

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“Open Tombs” Project Newspaper Articles

Here are some recent news articles posted in local New Orleans newspapers about SOC’s “Open Tombs” project and what we are doing at Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and Valence Street Cemetery. Give them a read!

Click on image to view article. (.pdf)

East Jefferson Picayune/Harahan-Picayune August 2, 2015 SOC article

The New Orleans Advocate August,16 2015

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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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