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St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

New Orleans, Louisiana

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, founded in 1789, is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans. Like the other Cities of the Dead in New Orleans, it features above ground tombs that allow for multiple burials. Over 600 tombs are located inside its walls, including those of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, such as; Etienne Boré, sugar development pioneer; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion. Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau. Currently owned and maintained by the Archdiocese of New Orleans, it is listed in National Register of Historic Places, one of the few cemeteries to be recognized in this manner. A Save America’s Treasures grant helped stabilize many of the cemetery’s tombs.

Photo: St. Louis Cemetery No. 1