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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
300 Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

We wanted somewhere to explore that was interesting, and ecomical and easy. The history of the St. Louis cemeteries is online and is very interesting. We spent about an hour just looking and photographing interesting architectural details. There are many graves that are in terrible...More

1  Thank Capt_Chris_Outside
Reviewed 19 October 2017

This is an awesome place to walk through to really understand the history of New Orleans. It was interesting to read several of the grave stones family names, you can even do a search for names. Beautiful in it's own way.

Thank sandravd2016
Reviewed 9 October 2017

Must have a guide. OK with me! Interesting as it is unique to New Orleans and part of history. Guides are knowledgeable and keep it interesting.

Thank travelerLittleTownSc
Reviewed 30 July 2017

This historic New Orleans cemetery now tucked under the interstate is fascinating! The architecture is incredible, and you'll be entranced walking row by row. Unlike Cemetery #1, there is no charge to walk through Cemetery #2. If you really want to understand New Orleans culture,...More

Thank TrueTexasTraveler
Reviewed 8 July 2017

I toured one of the Saint Louis cemeteries about 30 years ago, and remembered a lot of what the guide told us. To me, it's a must-see when visiting the French Quarter because of the historical factor and how unique these are. Saint Louis 2...More

Thank Letha D
Reviewed 17 June 2017 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 12 June 2017

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 8 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 2 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
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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.