New Orleans, LA, September 03, 2015 --(PR.com
)-- Save Our Cemeteries, in partnership with the Archdiocese of New Orleans, announced today that it will provide tourists and locals with a unique tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 at dusk. This special tour is exclusive only to Save Our Cemeteries, no other tour company has been granted access to the cemetery after normal cemetery hours. This special tour will be held on the fourth Saturday of each month starting September 26, 2015.
The special tour will include a complimentary refreshment, appetizer, gift, tour pamphlet and walking tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Proceeds from the tour will benefit continuing restoration and preservation efforts at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and will ensure the beautiful and iconic structures within are protected for generations to come.
“We wish to thank the Archdiocese of New Orleans for the opportunity and privilege in providing the public with a new and unique cemetery tour experience,” states Amanda Walker, Executive Director at Save Our Cemeteries. Ms. Walker continues, “The proceeds from this special tour will go to help our ongoing and future preservation and restoration projects in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.”
Founded in 1789 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is located just outside of the French Quarter at the corner of St. Louis & Basin Streets. It is the burial ground of some of the most illustrious citizens of New Orleans. Notable structures include the famed oven wall vaults, the resting place of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau, and the tombs of the French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish societies. Dramatically shown in the 1969 film, Easy Rider, the cemetery is the oldest existing cemetery in New Orleans. It is a maze of wall vaults, family tombs, and society tombs that artistically showcase the unique burial customs and traditions of New Orleans.
About Save Our Cemeteries
Save Our Cemeteries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in New Orleans, LA. Its mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy.