Experience New Orleans’ most magnificent, magical, and under-appreciated aboveground cemetery.  St. Louis Cemetery #2 was established in 1823 as an extension of the overcrowded St. Louis Cemetery #1, two thousand feet outside the city limits due to fear of contagion.  Its three squares tell a myriad of remarkable stories, starting in Square #1 with the Frenchman Claude Treme, who married manumitted slave Julie Moro, owner of the former plantation land which the couple would subdivide into residential plots to create the legendary New Orleans neighborhood. 

Tomb of Julie Moro
and Claude Treme


Inside the Square One wall vault rests French architect Jacques Nicolas Bussiere de Pouilly, who singlehandedly determined the aesthetic scheme of New Orleans cemeteries by introducing revivalist architectural styles he sketched in Parisian cemeteries.   Though he designed several major New Orleans edifices and staggering tombs, he himself is buried in a humble vault.



Humble wall vault of architect Jacques Nicolas Bussiere de Pouilly







Jacques de Pouilly-designed Gothic style
tomb of J. M. Caballero

Down Priest’s Aisle from the Caballero tomb are the Delachaise-Livaudais family tomb,
Iberia Society tomb, and Young Man’s Vidalia B.M.M.A. tomb


Surmounted by five praying angels, Joseph Barelli’s tomb in memory of his son who perished in the 1849 explosion of the steamer Louisiana in New Orleans harbor. The deadly disaster is depicted in the hand-carved marble, above which the Barelli boy ascends into the cherub-filled heavens.

Sylvia Barker praying at the Paul Barbarin tomb,
burial site of her parents daughter of Danny and Blue Lu Barker



Tomb of legendary drummer Barbarin and his wife Odelia, along with Paul’s nephew and wife, storied jazz couple Danny and Blue Lu Barker.  The Barkers left New Orleans for New York in 1930 where Danny played with everyone from Cab Calloway to Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. He returned to New Orleans in 1964 and revived the brass band tradition.  (Robert Florence of Historic New Orleans Tours was an honorary pall bearer at both their funerals.)


Final resting place of New Orleans R&B greats Ernie K-Doe and Earl King, along with the singular Antoinette K-Doe (Robert Florence of Historic New Orleans Tours, wrote these plaques, as well as two plays that Mrs. K-Doe asked him to write about their life, and he arranged their burials here.)

 The Ernie K-Doe statue attends the
Earl King’s interment service.


 Ernie K-Doe Baby Doll Cinnamon Black second lining in Antoinette’s funeral;
Cinnamon appeared in Robert Florence’
play “Burn, K-Doe, Burn!”

Wall vault of Marie Laveau the second, daughter of Voodoo Queen Marie Laveau


 Tomb of legendary pirate Dominique
You who smuggled with Jean Lafitte and subsequently became a hero in the Battle
of New Orleans

Historian Joe Logdon called St. Louis Cemetery #2 Square #3
“The most significant collections of memorials to African-American achievement in the world.”


Tomb of Oscar James Dunn - First African-American Lieutenant Governor
in U.S. history.  (Tomb restored and
plaque provided by Historic New Orleans Tours’ Robert Florence with Friends of New Orleans Cemeteries)

Tomb of Sisters of Holy Family, the nation’s second
oldest order of African-American nuns, whose foundress Henriette Delille’s cause for canonization has been
presented to the Vatican.


Sisters of Holy Family foundress Henriette Delille




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