"Saint Louis Cemetery #1 - French Quarter" St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 Tip by Ewingjr98

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, New Orleans: 19 reviews and 35 photos

Saint Louis Cemetery #1 is the oldest and most famous cemetery in New Orleans. It was established in 1789 following the great fire of 1788. There are a few graves of famous people in the cemetery including Homer Plessy from the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case and Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, who is buried in the Glapion crypt.

As in most other New Orleans cemeteries the crypts are all above ground; while some believe this is due to a high water table, other say this is more due to Spanish and French tradition. The cemetery covers just one block, but it is supposed to contain the remains of 100,000 dead.

The cemetery is located on Basin Street next to the French Quarter at the end of St. Louis Street.

A historic marker at the Basin Street entrance to the cemetery reads:

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
Established 1789

Welcome to this holy place.

This Catholic cemetery is the last resting
place of the bodies of the faithfully departed
awaiting reunion with their souls at the
resurrection of the last day.

Blessed by the Church and dedicated to god
the Catholic cemetery testifies to a faith in
the immortality of the soul and the promise
of resurrection with christ, the lord. Here
the living find comfort and are consoled by
visiting the burial places of their loved ones
and praying for them.

Address: 425 Basin St., New Orleans, LA 70112
Directions: On Basin St between Conti and St. Louis Sts.
Phone: 504 483 2064
Website: http://www.nolacemeteries.com/louis1.html

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  • Updated Oct 13, 2011
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