St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, Louisiana
One of America’s greatest cemeteries is ironically found within one of American’s greatest cities. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest of the three St. Louis cemeteries, having been opened in 1789, replacing the St. Peter Cemetery. One unique factor to the trio of St. Louis Cemeteries is that each grave is an above-ground vault, creating an amazing view that looks like a city of graves. St. Louis No. 1 borders the French Quarters and is home to deceased residents including Homer Plessy, the plaintiff of the famed Supreme Court civil rights case of Plessy v. Ferguson. The body of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is also believed to be residing within St. Louis Cemetery No. 1. Though you can’t access the cemetery on your own as it was closed to the public by the Roman Catholic Diocese of New Orleans, several local tours will take you through, including the Save Our Cemeteries Tour.