Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans ... More info ›
Established in 1789, St. Louis Cemetery is the oldest extant cemetery in New Orleans. Named after Louis IX, King of France in the mid-thirteenth century and namesake to St. Louis Cathedral, the tombs of St. Louis Cemetery tell the colorful and historic stories of those who impacted the city, be it a politician, musician, voodoo priestess, pirate, gambler, or Mardi Gras Indian.
Take the North Rampart Streetcar to meet your tour guide at the arched gates of Louis Armstrong Park. Before the tour group departs for the cemetery, you'll discover the history of slavery, voodoo, jazz, and Mardi Gras, and learn how it is all interconnected while standing in Congo Square, known for its frequent ceremonies and rituals. See statues of Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, and Mardi Gras Indian Chief 'Tootie.'
After exploring the Armstrong Park, you’ll head towards St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, which is only one block walking distance from the meeting location. Upon entering the gates of the oldest cemetery in New Orleans, you'll be surrounded by varied styles of above ground tombs that hold many untold stories.
With a guaranteed small group, you enjoy an experience that is informal, personal, and intimate. Your professional tour guide will provide expert commentary throughout the duration of the tour.
Featured stories include Marie Laveau, the famous and powerful voodoo priestess; Academy Award-winning actor, Nicolas Cage; America's 'Father of Architecture,' Benjamin Henry Latrobe; Homer Plessy, early civil rights activist of Plessy versus Ferguson; Gambling, dueling, womanizing politician, Jean-Bernard Xavier Philippe de Marigny; New Orleans Musicians Tomb of the Barbarin Jazz Dynasty; Locals who fought in the Battle of New Orleans, Orleans Battalion of Artillery Tomb; Storyville, stories from the neighboring red-light district where Louis Armstrong worked; and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome - was it built above a cemetery?