New Orleans' Lafayette Cemetery No. 1. - This was our guide to 1, Dr. Bill, explaining how as a young soldier, P. G. T. Beauregard helped design the Confederate battle flag and how, as a general, he ordered the attack on Ft. Sumter under that flag. This was not, however, Gen. Beauregard's tomb.
Dr. Bill also said things like, "War of 1812? Who cares. The most important thing in the 1810's? Steamboats." I like the way he thinks.
I love the Save Our Cemeteries tours, because they are explicitly not corny. They suffer no voodoo foolishness and speak in calm tones befitting walking a city of the dead.
Cue my favorite song of 1987.
This "no cross, no crown" engraving was my favorite. There is your prosperity evangelism bumper sticker campaign should you need one. The most notable resident of this particular crypt is
Hon. John Howard Ferguson of the Plessy vs. Ferguson case. His counterpart in this landmark suit, Homer Plessy, is interred at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 across town.
When you live here, you are around these cemeteries all the time, so much so that you don't even see them. Corny as this sounds, it is worth the time it takes to actually see them and even know what you are talking about.