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St. Louis Cemetery

I apologize if this has been posted already. I was so very relieved when this was brought to my attention:

http://img351.imageshack.us/my.php?image=386ap.jpg

Apparently there is a small group of people that have been looking out for the cemetery- ridding it of debris, sweeping the crypts, etc. It makes me very proud of the people of NOLA.

Nowhere on earth is there a city that has so much soul.

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alsotheklown
Sep. 8th, 2005 10:54 pm (UTC)
i saw that guy on tv, he was competely nuts.

i dont know if he's exactly cleaning it, or just wandering around.
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 12:58 am (UTC)
LOL!

Maybe he's scaring grave robbers away. :)
bostblackie
Sep. 8th, 2005 11:04 pm (UTC)
thanks for posting this...some of us have families in the historic tombs...some news outfits did sensational bits on the "floating corpses" thing---and one of them did it while showing footage of lafayette cemetery, including our family tomb that my dad's in...

it's good to know people are caring for these places with love and respect...
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 12:57 am (UTC)
>>>thanks for posting this...some of us have families in the historic tombs...some news outfits did sensational bits on the "floating corpses" thing---and one of them did it while showing footage of lafayette cemetery, including our family tomb that my dad's in...

Some of these media vultures have zero sensitivity for people's pain. It's sickening at times. They like to zoom in on folks in their moments of extreme anguish. This has always bothered me greatly. Some things are PRIVATE.

Maybe the fact that your Dad's resting place got shown to you was a roundabout way of him letting you know his presence? At least I like to think of things along that nature; it helps me to deal with the grief of loss.


>>>>it's good to know people are caring for these places with love and respect...

I agree. These old cemeteries are historically PRICELESS. Nowhere else in the country will you find tombs such as this. The whole burial process is genuine to your area. If something happens to these national treasures, they are gone *forever*. An important artifact of our history, gone. NOLA has a respect for the dead that you just don't see anywhere else. it's one of the things that adds to it's spirit. (no pun intended) :)
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
To add a bit of humor, after writing this, I recalled the incident where the wall containing the oven vaults crumbled, sending bodies into the street, while people were in the restaurant across the street eating dinner! Those poor folks! Only in New Orleans, LOL.
bostblackie
Sep. 9th, 2005 01:21 am (UTC)
at this point the touristy cemeteries have gotten to be a weird place to visit for people who actually have family tombs there...this year on the anniversary of my dad's death, i went for a visit, but there were tourists walking around and laughing while i was standing there doing my usual "ok, i don't pray, so what do i do? maybe i'll cry...let's see..."...haha

did you evacuate?
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 01:39 am (UTC)
>>>at this point the touristy cemeteries have gotten to be a weird place to visit for people who actually have family tombs there...this year on the anniversary of my dad's death, i went for a visit, but there were tourists walking around and laughing while i was standing there doing my usual "ok, i don't pray, so what do i do? maybe i'll cry...let's see..."...haha

I can understand that, grief is a private thing, not something to be put on display. And I bet the tourists are staring at you as well, hoping you'll do something interesting.

>>>did you evacuate?

Nope, I live up in PA. But, NO is a very special place to me- I love to visit, I have many friends there, I am obsessed with the history and architecture, I love the people, the food, the spirit, etc. My husband and I had been semi-seriously discussing moving down before K. hit. Seriously enough that I was looking at homes and real estate for sale online, and jobs....that's been put on hold, but it remains my ultimate dream to one day live there. I've never in my life felt like I was "at home", and I've lived in various states throughout my life, but I felt like I finally really *did* find home when I discovered NO. I was shipped to FLA during summers to stay with an aunt and uncle when I was a kid, and it was not uncommon for us to pile in the car and spend a weekend in LA.

I feel grief at such a great loss very keenly. I cannot comprehend the pain that y'all are going through- this was a blow that *hurt*.

But, before I get all weepy and emotional, I just want to say that we're all pulling for you good folks down there. So hang in for awhile, the city will be Great again.:)
sensitive_one
Sep. 9th, 2005 01:16 am (UTC)
i've been so worried about the beautiful cemeteries (along with absolutely everything else). thank you for posting this info. i hadn't heard anything!

one of the reasons (out of a zillion) that i went to new orleans the first time was to see these cemeteries. talk about soul, you're so right.
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 01:45 am (UTC)
I love them too. There's just something so mysterious and aesthetic about them. And gosh darnit, I want to be buried in St. Louis #1 when I kick it, or bust! :)

sensitive_one
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
yes! and yes! they are magical and spooky rolled up into one beautiful place. i'd love to be part of one of the old families of the area.

great photo!
sensitive_one
Sep. 9th, 2005 03:25 am (UTC)
in fact, can i use it as wallpaper on my powerbook?! (i won't use it for anything but that.) i'd like an icon of NOLA to carry around while i work.
aunty_kreist
Sep. 9th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
Sure, help yourself! I've been putting together a photo album for the past month, I'll post a link when it's done. There's probably more pics you'd like to use on it.
sensitive_one
Sep. 9th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
oh thanks!! i'd love to see the album when you're finished. i have scads of photos from trips i've taken to new orleans and some of the gulf coast pre-digital camera. i'll have to gather them together and scan them.

i'll keep checking back. thanks again.
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