St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Olreans, LA
320 N Claiborne Ave New Orleans, , LA 70112
The following tours visit St. Louis Cemetery No. 1:
St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 opened in 1789 and is the oldest cemetery in New Orleans. It was created established outside the city limits since people believed that the presence of dead bodies in the city center caused diseases to spread. Due to the outbreak of yellow fever it was already completely filled in 1829. Today on half its original size remains and the cemetery is very much run-down; most tombs have fallen into disrepair. It hasn't lost much of its charm though, and there are many interesting stories behind the often dilapidated tombs. Some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans were buried here. The most famous is probably Voodoo queen Marie Laveau, whose resting place in a family tomb marked with the names Glapion, Laveau and Paris attracts plenty of visitors. Her tomb is often desecrated by people who mark a cross on her grave, supposedly this will make her spirit grant a wish.