New Orleans Necropolis Journey

Lafayette Cemetery Main

On a grey and rainy February afternoon in 2019, I wandered through the historic Lafayette Cemetery.  Located in the heart of the Garden District, the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest municipal, city-operated cemetery in New Orleans. 

Inside the gates are society tombs for several volunteer fireman organizations (now extinct), the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, German Presbyterian Community, Home For Destitute Orphan Boys, Poydras Orphans Home, YMCA, and the New Orleans Home for Incurables. There are about 1,100 family tombs and more than 7,000 people buried in Lafayette Cemetery No. I, in a single city block. Here are my photographic impressions.