Most notably known for its historic presence in the Garden District of New Orleans, Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the final resting place of over 7,000 people. The cemetery is preserved for its architectural and historical significance. It has also been made famous for its iconic novel and film debuts.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is the City of New Orleans first planned cemetery, making it one of the oldest burial grounds in the area. The cemetery was initiated in 1833 and was operated by the City of Lafayette before it was annexed into New Orleans jurisdiction in 1852. Thus, the reason why it is called Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
The cemetery is a National Historic Landmark and features several notable graves such as John Howard Ferguson (from Plessy v Ferguson, 1896 case) and Harry T. Hays (U.S. Army Officer in the Mexican American War and Confederate General in the Civil War).
Famous novels by local author Anne Rice have made mention of the cemetery. It has been featured in a variety of films and television shows including Interview with a Vampire (1994), Double Jeopardy (1999), Deja Vu (2006) and the Vampire Diaries.
Lafayette Cemetery No. 1 is located at 1427 Washington Avenue in the Garden District of New Orleans. This is still an actively used cemetery. Visiting hours may vary due to repairs. For more information, visit the official website here.
For a complete record of those who are buried in the Lafayette Cemetery No. 1, please visit the database here.
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