Originally a cemetery for the city’s indigent population, Holt Cemetery passed through several rounds of ownership before being established by Dr. Joseph Holt, a city board of health official, in 1879. The original 400′ by 600′ plot was increased in 1909 with an additional plot on St. Louis Street.
Historically this cemetery is unique in that the burials happen below-ground and the ownership will stay with the family so long as it is well-kept. Unfortunately, over the years there has been much dis-regard for this requirement and many of the graves have grown over with weeds. However there is a charm to this cemetery, with its large oak trees and personal touches adorning the grave markings.
Location and Hours
Location: 635 City Park Avenue
Monday – Friday: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm
Saturday closes at noon
Closed most major holidays
For more information, contact:
City of New Orleans
Volunteers from Delgado Community College work to keep the cemetery well maintained.