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Have you joined us for our “Tombs by Twilight” tour? Our next tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk with be on Saturday, May 28th at 6:30 PM – we hope you’ll join us!

Save Our Cemeteries has partnered with the New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries to provide a unique tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This exclusive evening cemetery tour departs from Richard Fiske’s Martini Bar (RF’s) at the Chateau LeMoyne Hotel. After a guided tour of the cemetery, guests return for complimentary drinks, appetizers and post tour socializing.

Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just steps outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets. It is the burial ground of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans, including Etienne de Bore, pioneer in sugar development; Daniel Clark, financial supporter of the American Revolution; Paul Morphy, world famous chess champion; and other local and national figures.

Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the supposed resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the magnificent tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies.

Dramatically shown in the 1969 film, Easy Rider, the cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs & traditions of New Orleans.

Save Our Cemeteries is the only non-profit in New Orleans that offers cemetery tours. Proceeds from your tour ticket price will go directly towards our mission of cemetery restoration, education and advocacy.

Tour is only available to persons 21 years of age and older. Ticket price is $45.00 per person, and advance reservations are required.

Make your reservation online: www.saveourcemeteries.org/exclusive-tombs-by-twilight-tour/

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The 120th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Plessy v. Ferguson decision is May 18th.

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The 120th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Plessy v. Ferguson decision is May 18th. Plessy v. Ferguson, 163 U.S. 537 (1896), was a landmark United States Supreme Court decision upholding the constitutionality of state laws requiring racial segregation in public facilities under the doctrine of "separate but equal". You can visit Homer Plessy's tomb on our St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 tour.

http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/st-louis-cemetery-no-1-tour/
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We want to extend our thanks to all of our hardworking volunteers who joined us for the clean-up on May 3rd at Valence Cemetery, and to our friends at WDSU News for highlighting the work that we do in the video below:

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On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 Save Our Cemeteries will be supervising a community clean-up of Valence Cemetery. We are looking for dedicated volunteers from the community, with the goal of making significant strides clipping ferns and invasive vegetation, and removing trash from the cemetery.

No special skills are needed, but plan to wear clothing and footwear appropriate for  potentially messy, outside work. We will supply gloves, hand tools and other cleaning materials and supplies.

More Info: http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/2016/04/volunteers-needed-clean-up-in-valence-cemetery-on-may-3-2016/

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15th Annual A Run Through History A Success!

Save Our Cemeteries would like to thank all those who participated in our 15th Annual A Run Through History, 1-mile and 5K run/walk this past Sunday, April 17th, 2016 in Metairie Cemetery. We would also like to thank everyone at New Orleans Running Systems, Inc. and Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home for helping to put it all together. Y'all made it a resounding success!

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Development Director for Save Our Cemeteries, Mac Devaughn, joins Fox 8 (WVUE-TV /  New Orleans) to talk about the 15th annual "A Run Through History" event, and how it benefits our organization. Air-date: 4/11/2016

For more info on the run/walk:
http://www.saveourcemeteries.org/a-run-through-history-2016/

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The 2016 Save Our Cemeteries lecture series continues with our second lecture on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm, with a presentation by Lake Lawn Metairie’s Community Outreach Director, Jerry Schoen at Lake Lawn Funeral Home.

Schoen’s presentation, entitled “Beautiful, Historic and Unique Metairie Cemetery” will spotlight New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery, both its past and present. In 2003, Metairie Cemetery was named by Forbes.com as one of the ten best cemeteries due to its unique historical significance and beauty. Metairie Cemetery was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.

Light refreshments will follow the lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Location:
Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home & Cemeteries
5100 Pontchartrain Blvd, New Orleans, Louisiana 70124
(504) 486-6331
www.lakelawnmetairie.com

About Lecturer Jerry Schoen:

Gerard L. “Jerry” Schoen III is a fifth generation funeral director who began his career at the age 12 at the New Orleans funeral home his family established in 1874. In 1979, Jerry began his career at the newly completed funeral home, Lake Lawn Metairie. Since then, he has worked in virtually every position at the funeral home and has been a licensed director there for 37 years. He currently represents Lake Lawn Metairie as Community Outreach Director. Jerry has served as President of the Louisiana Funeral Directors Association, is a current member of the National Funeral Directors Association and holds a Board position with Save Our Cemeteries, Fireman’s Charitable and Benevolent Association, and the Funeral Service Foundation Endowment Board.

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