Maunsel White Tomb in Cypress Grove

In Cypress Grove Cemetery, along Live Oak Alley, Cypress Grove’s central cross alley, is the fenced-in Greek revival tomb of Maunsel White. White was a captain in the War of 1812 and was elected to the Louisiana Senate, but he is perhaps best remembered for inventing that Louisiana staple, pepper sauce. The gabled pediment possesses some particularly beautiful details with its fanned corners and flowery, palmette acroterion ornamentation.

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Ironwork Restoration Project – Volunteers Needed

The next volunteer-friendly Restoration Project will be on January 21, 2012 from 9:00am-noon.

If you’d like to help restore antebellum ironwork in historic St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, the largest Creole cemetery in New Orleans, please sign up with Hands On New Orleans & we’ll reserve a spot for you.

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Southwestern Lodge No. 40 in Odd Fellows Rest

Located in Odd Fellows Rest, the Southwestern Lodge No. 40 tomb commands attention due to its size, but it is most notable for the beautiful low-relief marble tablets and urns that are located on all four sides. Despite the inlaid tile with “Southwestern Lodge No. 40” in front of the tomb, it was probably built by the Teutonia Lodge No. 10, for words carved on the tomb itself proclaim in German, “Freundschaft Liebe und Wahrheit,” Friendship, Love and Truth.

Above this proclamation hangs a tablet with a gorgeous relief sculpture of a woman suckling an infant and comforting a child. These figures are surrounded by acanthus leaf curls that blossom with symbols of the International Order of Odd Fellows: the “Eye of Providence,” also adopted for the United States seal, stares out from the top of the tablet; moving counterclockwise from the eye we find, among other symbols, a skull and crossbones, a beehive, a dove, three crossed arrows, two crossed keys, a globe, a winged hourglass (tempus fugit), a book, and a sun.

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All Saints Day, November 1

Here are the activities that we have planned for All Saints Day on Tuesday:

  • Security will be provided in Lafayette Cemetery No. 2 and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 9am-12pm.
  • Information tables will be staffed at Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 9am-12pm.
  • There will be a special tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 at 10:00am. Tickets are $15 for SOC members and $18 for non-members, and reservations are required. To attend the tour, please RSVP to 504-525-3377.
  • Volunteers will be cleaning, priming & painting historic ironwork throughout St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 from 10am-12noon. To participate, email membership@saveourcemeteries.org or call 504-525-3377.

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Special Tour of the Canal Street Cemeteries

There are a few spots still available on the special tour of the Canal Street cemeteries.

On Saturday, October 29, 2011, at 10:00am, we’ll be weaving our way through Odd Fellows Rest, Cypress Grove, St. Patrick No. 2, and the Katrina Memorial. You’ll also learn about Greenwood Cemetery, where the Firemen’s Charitable & Benevolent Society are in the process of stabilizing the leaning Firemen’s Monument.

Tickets are $15 for SOC members, and $18 for non-members. Reservations are required, so please contact 504-525-3377 to reserve your spot.

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