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St Louis Cemetery No 2

300 Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
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St. Louis No. 2 is located some three blocks back from St. Louis No. 1, bordering Claiborne Avenue. It was consecrated in 1823. A number of notable jazz and rhythm & blues musicians are buried here, including Danny Barker and Ernie K. Doe. Also entombed here is Andre Cailloux (1825-1863), African-American Union hero and martyr of the American Civil War. The cemetery received minor flooding during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and its tombs seemed virtually untouched by the storm when the water went down, aside from the brownish waterline visible on all structures that were flooded. There are many notable citizens of 19th and 20th century New Orleans laid to rest here. These include the Venerable Mother Henriette DeLille, who is a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
300 Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No.2 is 4-5 blocks away from No.1 and about three time bigger. It may not have the biggest tombs but some of the nicest designs that allow the living to come and remember the dead in a convenient and comfortable way.

Thank Warren H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We walked a long way to see this cemetery because we wanted to see if it really looked like they show in the movies.

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We visited Cemetery #2 at approximately 2pm on a Thursday in April. Self-guided, with no tour guide. In fact, we parked and walked right in and weren't greeted by any guard, or other official. We were greeted by a sign describing the religious and sacred...More

2  Thank Trey W
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place near downtown. amazing graves with amazing architecture and detail to their tombs . I got to park for free.

Thank GabbieV
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The second oldest cemetery in New Orleans and certainly lives up to the title 'City of the Dead'. A good afternoon will be spent here photographing all the ancient tombs and marvel over the architecture and art. One scene from the classic film Easy Rider...More

Thank SimbiPetwo
Reviewed 25 February 2017

Very interesting attraction, it is intriguing to see the various tombstones. Just don't wear sandals... you may suffer the attack of fire ants.

Thank travelandmarvel
Reviewed 23 December 2016 via mobile

Free Cemetery St.Louis number to it straight down about 4 blocks straight down towards Claiborne passing the cemetery number one it's free no guide to your left inside if the chain of Henriette delille and we hope will be our very first saint of New...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We parked on the street between the tombs. Many of the structures are crumbling. The families who cared for them are gone or unable to make the expensive repairs. Hopefully the New Orleans Cemetery Preservation Society will be able to save these markers from history.

Thank McHove
Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

I know it may seem odd to take a-walk through a cemetery. NEW ORLEANS cemeteries are so beautiful! They are like a great piece of art. Walking through and seeing the different names and wondering what thier lives may have been like it sort of...More

Thank eyoung2776 y
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this cemetery before boarding a cruise ship. We'd been to #1 and #3 and this is the largest of the St. Louis cemeteries. It covers 3 blocks and you are free to wander around. Some inscriptions were too worn to be read but...More

Thank maldenmusic
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can I visit the cemetery on my own without a tour or guide. I have a relative there.
14 May 2016|
Response from Arthur S |
Yes. The cemetery is open to the public without a guide. But might want to consider hiring one to learn more about its history, architecture Nd residents.