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Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.

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Causes: Arts & Culture, Cultural & Ethnic Awareness, Historical Organizations, History Museums

Mission: Founded in 1974, Our mission is to preserve, protect, and promote the historic cemeteries of New Orleans through restoration, education, and advocacy. In 1974, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced a plan to destroy the wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 and replace them with a chain-link fence. The preservation community was incensed. Save Our Cemeteries was created in response to this threat, but the organization quickly realized the problem of cemetery neglect was not limited to just one cemetery.

Results: To date, Save Our Cemeteries (SOC) has performed millions of dollars worth of capital improvements in New Orleans' cemeteries. Educated tens of thousands of visitors/tourists on the history, culture, significance and impact of New Orleans' historic cemeteries through educational cemetery tours and lectures.

Geographic areas served: The greater New Orleans metro area.

Programs: Education: tours and lectures(open to the public) are held throughout the year with topics ranging from jazz funerals to voodoo to yellow fever epidemic. Our guided cemetery tour allows the visitor a glimpse into the hisorical past of new orleans. Each year save our cemeteries holds a seminar covering a wide range of topics to educate tour guides with historically accurate knowledge.

restoration: save our cemeteries conducts cemetery restoration work each year as part of its mission. Grants, donations,tours and fundraisers support these endeavors. Projects include the restoring of abandoned tombs, landscaping, and making capital improvements. Also, proper restoration techniques for historic tombs are provided to tomb owners and cemetery operators.

Community Stories

16 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

And are were happy to be able to support an organization devoted to preservation of this New Orleans institution.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going on a Save our Cemeteries tour not only helps preserve the cemeteries of New Orleans, which are unlike any I've ever seen but also ensures you're getting an authentic view of the cemeteries. Help support their cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Highly recommend. Great support of non-profit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Going on a Save our Cemeteries tour not only helps preserve the cemeteries of New Orleans, which are unlike any I've ever seen but also ensures you're getting an authentic view of the cemeteries. This isn't some hokey, haunted tour. This is a historical tour through a historic cemetery in a part of New Orleans with an incredibly vibrant history.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm glad that this organization uses funds raised by their cemetery tours to repair and restore tombs in need of care.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Save our cemeteries is not only a great way to see New Orleans cemeteries but also to provide local financial support for them.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They are a strong resource for information about New Orleans cemeteries. Established organization. Very professional. Great mission, great work.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm originally from New Orleans and have known about Save Our Cemeteries for years. I remember my uncle used to talk about them since we have ancestors buried in Lafayette cemetery #1. I came back to town a few weeks ago and decided to take a cemetery tour with them and I'm really glad I did. The tour-guide (I forget her name) was very knowledgeable and entertaining. I learned things about the cemeteries I never even knew, and I grew up here. No ghost stories, just history and facts. I learned a lot! I recommend taking a tour with Save Our Cemeteries for anyone who really wants to learn about our cemeteries.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We found out that Save our Cemeteries was a nonprofit that gives cemetery tours so we decided to try them out. We very much enjoyed our visit to the cemetery. I would recommend this tour to friends if they decide to visit New Orleans. It was like a private tour catered to our interests as well. Save our Cemeteries is the best and I am happy we started our week in New Orleans there. We like that the money we spent goes toward cemetery restoration.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I appreciate the mission of Save Our Cemeteries, they are a great group trying to restore and preserve the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. It's good to know that the proceeds of the tour's ticket price go towards maintaining the cemetery as all tour guides are volunteers who seem to have a genuine interest in educating the tourists.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of helping them do a clean-up of Lafayette Cemetery #2 this past weekend for New Orleans Katrina 10 Day of Service. Save Our Cemeteries definitely has their hands full when it comes to New Orleans neglected cemeteries. I'm glad I could help out.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I loved supporting the cause of Save Our Cemeteries. Their cemetery tours are interesting and educational.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a native of New Orleans, I love our cemeteries. They are national treasures and fascinating places to connect with the past. New Orleans is a unique place, it's history is unlike any other city in the U.S. and this is reflected in its unique burial practices. I'm glad Save Our Cemeteries are around to protect them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent organization! Our Save Our Cemeteries tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1 was an hour-plus well spent with an organization that truly cares about the well-being of these unique places of New Orleans history. We'd take the tour again!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I go to New Orleans every year for my birthday because it's the place that makes my heart happy! Every year I make it a point to go to St.Louis #1 and Lafayette cemeteries. I am always happy to see restoration work being done by Save Our Cemetaries! It's such a shame to see some of the tombs in various stages of disrepair. Thankfully,organizations such as Save our Cemetaries is ready to pitch in and preserve part of what makes New Orleans such a special place. I am planning on moving to this great city within 2 years and I will be donating some of my time to SOC. a truly worthy cause! Thanks you all for keeping it the way it was meant to be!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a great organization! Seems they do a lot of work in the old cemeteries of the city. I enjoyed their tour of St. Louis Cemetery #1. Additionally, I'm happy that my ticket fee goes toward cemetery restoration work.