Hard Times in the Big Easy
St Louis Cemetery
Saint Louis Cemetery is the name of three Roman Catholic cemeteries in New Orleans, Louisiana. All of these graves are above ground vaults; most were constructed in the 18th century and 19th century.
Doug Keister, author/photographer of Going Out in Style: The Architecture of Eternity states that: “The custom of above-ground burial in New Orleans is a mixture of folklore and fact.”
The vaults are in fact more due to French and Spanish tradition than they are to water table problems.
Cemeteries No. 1 and No. 2 are included on the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail.