St. Louis 1 Cemetery
New Orleans, Orleans Parrish, Louisiana

Date: Oct,29,2000

Cemetery: St. Louis I
Street: Basin Street
City: New Orleans
County: Orleans Parish
State: La.
Nation: United States of America
Zip: 70130
Nearby: Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Land Type: Private
Status: Active
Accessible: Yes
Unmarked graves: Yes
Graves within: 1000
Oldest grave: 1800
Newest grave: 2000
Records: Yes
Inventory: Unsure
Records location: Archdiocese of New Orleans office
Owner: Michael Boudreaux
Condition: Cemetery vandalized
Removed Headstones
Broken Headstones
Buried Headstones
Disintegrating Headstones
Fallen Headstones
Previous contacts: I am a member of fnoc a non profit trying to raise money to restore abandoned tombs in this cemetery. We are a relatively new org. and the job of restoration is over whelming. The rate of desecration is much faster than we can restore.
Work Status: Work underway - Minor improvements made

Support Contacts

If you are interested in helping please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. we do not have a web site, yet. One of the biggest problems is the legend of making 3 x's on the tomb of Marie Laveau, a voodoo queen in New Orleans in the 19th century. This custom has no basis in voodoo but visitors to this historic cemetery insists on continuing the practice. Yesterday 10/28/00, i was in this cemetery with a group of out of town guests when I found a young woman breaking brick from another family tomb and scratching 3x's on the front of this tomb when i went to stop her she told me this was a tradition and I couldn't stop her. i then called the New Orleans police about what she had done. I told her this had nothing to do with voodoo and what she had done was against the law. She never apologized but she did leave the cemetery. The Problem More brick is now missing from an ancient tomb and another tomb has been marked on, hastening the deteriation of the protective plaster. We need help with money to restore the tombs and publicity to stop the destruction thru ignorance of these historic cemetery. this cemetery has some of the oldest known examples of Iron work remaining any where, some of the enclosure tables are written archaic languages. This cemetery was opened in Aug 1789, and is still in use.

Submitted by / Contact for additional Information:

name: Madeline Axtman
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