On a chilly Thanksgiving morning I strolled the grounds of the Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1 just a few blocks from Bourbon Street. It is the oldest and most famous of the 3 Saint Louis cemeteries in New Orleans, having opened in 1789. All of the graves are above ground vaults and most are dated in the 18th and 19th centuries. It’s beautiful to see the small gifts that people bring to the loved ones they have here, fresh flowers and champagne, cigars and letters.
According to Wikipedia: “Famous New Orleanians buried in St. Louis No. 1 include Etienne de Boré, wealthy pioneer of the sugar industry and the first mayor of New Orleans; Homer Plessy, the plaintiff from the landmark 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court decision on civil rights; and Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, the first African-American mayor of New Orleans. The renowned Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be interred in the Glapion family crypt. Other notable New Orleanians here include Bernard de Marigny, the French-Creole playboy who brought the game of craps to the United States; Barthelemy Lafon, the architect and surveyor who allegedly became one of Jean Lafitte’s pirates; and Paul Morphy, one of the earliest world champions of chess. Delphine LaLaurie is also believed to lay in rest here. Architect and engineer Benjamin Latrobe was buried there after dying from yellow fever in 1820 while doing engineering for the New Orleans water works. In 2010, actor Nicolas Cage purchased a pyramid shaped tomb to be his future final resting place.”
Saint Louis Cemetery Number 1, New Orleans – a photo study