Tour 11: New Orleans Black History Tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2

Saturday, January 5, 2013: 9:30 AM-11:00 AM
Preservation Hall, Studio 1 (New Orleans Marriott)

Tour leader: Raphael Cassimere, University of New Orleans.

This bus and walking tour features a walk-through of Square 3 of St. Louis Cemetery #2, the second-oldest existing cemetery in the city. Starting in 1824, the Catholic Church began the practice of segregating grave sites by race, and Square 3 of their new cemetery was set aside for black Catholics. Most of the people who first bought the vaults and tombs in this cemetery were free before the Civil War; vaults and tombs have been resold and burials still take place. This tour notes the burial sites of some men and women who accomplished much during a very difficult time for African Americans. Square 3 of St. Louis Cemetery #2 probably contains the largest number of monuments in one place to note the achievements and struggles of black Americans in the nineteenth century. This tour is led by Dr. Raphael Cassimere, emeritus professor of history at the University of New Orleans, who developed the tour with the late Joe Logsdon.

(Limit 30 people) $30 members, $35 nonmembers

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