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Self-guided tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2

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Self-Guided Tour of St Louis Cemetery #2 We now visit this cemetery twice a day on our Two Cemeteries Tour, but if you can’t tour with us, please use this guide to explore this special, sacred place. Note: St. Louis Cemetery #2 is owned by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and is still an active…

A self-guided tour of Lafayette Cemetery #1

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***IMPORTANY: The City of New Orleans has closed the cemetery for extensive repairs as of September 09, 2019. There is no projected re-opening date. This article should be used as reference only until the cemetery re-opens. Libby   We visit Lafayette Cemetery #1 twice daily as part of our Garden District tour, but if you…

The J.B.V. Jourdain tomb in St. Louis Cemetery #1

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Guests on my walking tours often ask me to recommend books about New Orleans history, and this is a subject I can surely address. One of the great books about New Orleans is The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case by Michael A. Ross.  Not only an account of the 1870 kidnapping of a toddler and the investigation…

The tomb of Robert E. Lee Oswald, father of Lee Harvey Oswald

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One of the most unique and fascinating of the New Orleans walking tours is the JFK/Oswald Conspiracy Theory Tour, in which we examine the intriguing connection of Lee Harvey Oswald to his home city of New Orleans. Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin in the 1963 slaying of President John F. Kennedy, was only 24…

The Secret Garden Tombs in Lafayette Cemetery #1

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In the Uptown Riverside corner of Lafayette Cemetery #1 in the Garden District of New Orleans, there is a sort of “VIP Section” of four almost-identical tombs that Save Our Cemeteries calls “The Secret Garden.” According to SOC, the tombs were built for childhood friends who formed a secret club called “The Quarto” and wished to…