Charity Hospital & Katrina Memorial Cemetery

New Orleans: Tomb monument for unidentified corpses from the dead of the Hurricane Katrina levee failure disaster of 2005. Old Charity Hospital Cemetery, at end of Canal Street.New Orleans Hurricane Katrina Memorial at Charity Hospital Cemetery. Photograph by Infrogmation


The location of this cemetery, on Canal Street spanning to Banks Street, is in close proximity to Cypress Grove and St. Patrick Cemeteries. It is no longer easy to view from Canal, however, due to the addition of an oil station and large flower shop that have been built in front of it. This graveyard houses thousands of the indigent dead who died in Charity Hospital. In the span of four days in September of 1847, Charity Hospital Cemetery obtained the corpses of 87 persons, the main cause of death being yellow fever. When the new Charity Hospital was constructed in 1937, earth from the digging for foundations was transported to the hospital cemetery, allowing the level of the land to be raised several feet. This allowed to graves to be safe from flooding.

The Katrina Memorial was built on the site of this hospital in 2007.

Location and Hours

Location: 5050 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

Hours: Varies

For more information, contact:
Louisiana State Department of Health and Hospitals
Phone: 225-342-9500

Map and Directions


Research Resources

Charity Hospital/Katrina Memorial Photos

Cemetery Tours

SOC offers a tour of the Canal Street Cemeteries twice each year. To be notified of the next tour, please contact SOC at 504-525-3377.