LET THE DEAD SPEAK! ST. LOUIS CEMETERY #2 HISTORICAL WALKING TOUR
Small Group Tour
LET THE DEAD SPEAK! HISTORICAL NARRATIVES OF STRUGGLE, ACTIVISM AND ACHIEVEMENT
St. Louis Cemetery # 2 is a vital symbol of Creole history and community. Along its aisles we will find pirates, dualists, nuns, war heroes, musicians, politicians and entrepreneurs all resting together.
CREOLE HISTORY AND COMMUNITY
St. Louis Cemetery #2, listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Louisiana African American Heritage Trail, is located in the Faubourg Tremé, a neighborhood developed in the early 19th century and occupied predominantly by the city’s “free people of color.”
BLACK AMERICAN STRUGGLES AND ACHIEVEMENT
St. Louis #2 was the first cemetery in the city known to have specific areas designated exclusively for African Americans. Square #3 contains the largest number of monuments in one place noting the achievements and struggles of Black Americans in the 19th century.
ANTEBELLUM MORTUARY ART
Opened in 1823 St. Louis Cemetery #2 was originally planned to replace St. Louis #1, though #1 was never closed. A much larger cemetery than St. Louis #1, #2 covers 3 Squares or city blocks. Tomb design, the carved sculpture, and the ironwork surrounding the tombs comprise one of the finest collections of antebellum mortuary art found anywhere.
TREME AND STORYVILLE
During our Let the Dead Speak! Tour of St. Louis Cemetery #2 we will spend the predominant amount of our time within the cemetery while touching briefly on Treme and Storyville as we walk thru the neighborhood. If you would like to know more about the Faubourg Treme and the red light district Storyville, sign-up for The Savvy Native’s “Beyond the Music: Treme and Congo Square, Steppin’ Thru the Soul of New Orleans Cultural Tour and our Mafia, Murder, Sex and All That Jazz Tour while in town or on your next trip to the city. And don’t forget to make plans to take our St. Louis Cemetery #1 Tour, Every Tomb Tells A Story.
Meet us at Backatown Coffee, 301 Basin Street – the starting point for your St. Louis Cemetery #2 Historical Tour. You will receive a detailed confirmation including date, time and map. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
The Savvy Native is a group of experienced local tour guides who were either born in New Orleans or wish they had been.