The Graveyard shift: New Orleans' 'Cities of the Dead'

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The following are the locations, operating hours and points of interest of cemeteries in New Orleans:

Carrollton
Also known as the Green Street cemetery, Carrollton has a Potter's Field similar to Holt cemetery (see below) with underground graves and homemade grave markers.
Location: Adams and Hickory streets.
Hours: Not listed.

Cypress Grove
Founded by the Fireman's Charitable & Benevolent Association, this site is the burial ground for many of the city's firemen, some killed in the line of duty.
Location: 120 City Park Ave.
Hours: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

Holt
Also known as Potter's Field, the cemetery was founded in 1879 to replace Locust Grove Cemeteries, located at Freret and Sixth streets, which was used to bury the indigent dead.
Location: Weiblen Place off of Canal Street.
Hours: Unknown, but the back gate generally is open.

Lafayette
The cemetery is featured in Anne Rice's vampire novels. Scenes from the movies "Interview With the Vampire" and "Double Jeopardy" were filmed at Lafayette Cemetery.
Location: 1427 Sixth St.
Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.; Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon.

Metairie
The cemetery was built upon what had been the Metairie Race Course. Legend has it that Charles T. Howard, one of the cemetery's founders, was not allowed to join the Metairie Jockey Club, which owned the racetrack.
Howard made his money in the Louisiana Lottery and was looked upon as a "rough diamond." When refused membership to the racetrack, Howard vowed it would become a cemetery.
Location: 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.
Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Odd Fellows Rest
Founded in 1849 by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, a secret benevolent society, the cemetery was dedicated with a procession through the city of two circus bandwagons and a funeral car, carrying the remains of departed members to be interred in the new cemetery.
Location: 5055 Canal St.
Hours: Not listed.

St. Louis No. 1
This is New Orleans' oldest cemetery. Of interest is the Glapion tomb, the final resting place of Marie Laveau, the "Queen of Voodoo," and her descendants.
Location: Basin and St. Louis streets
Hours: Mondays through Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Sundays, 9 a.m. to noon.

Sources:Immortelle.net and the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.

To contact reporter Kimberly Scholz, send e-mail to [email protected].

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