BACK TO HOME PAGE

North Claiborne Avenue between St. Louis and Iberville

Click on iron gate above for St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 photo album

St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 was established in 1823. It was the fourth cemetery to be constructed in New Orleans. It is three square blocks surrounded by the interstate I-10 and the housing projects. It was an extension to St. Louis No. 1. The city was being ravaged by cholera, typhoid, diphtheria, smallpox, bubonic plague, yellow fever and malaria. The stench of the French Quarter at that time was quit foul because of the chamber pot refuse, dead animals and kitchen slop. However, the residents thought that these odors were caused by evil spirits spread by the deseased. The city planned to open a new cemetery far from the border of the French Quarter to keep these evil spirits away. Creoles and free people of color designed and created the ornate ironwork that is widespread throughout the cemetery.

One of many significant people here is the architect Jacques Nicholas Bussiere de Pouilly buried in 1875. He had great influence on the designs of St. Louis #1 and 2, Girod street Cemetery, Greenwood, and Cypress Grove cemeteries. He designed many extravagant tombs in this cemetery such as the Iberia Society tomb, Plauche tomb and Bouligny tomb to name a few. There is also pirate, Dominique You, who was a lieutenant in the Gulf of Mexico's largest pirate operation and is said to be Jean Lafitte's brother. The first mayor of the new American New Orleans, Nicholas Girod was buried here in 1840. Jacques Phillippe Villere, Louisiana's first native born governor was buried here in 1830.

In 1974 the "Save Our Cemeteries" oranization was created to protect the cemetery from being demolished.