New Orleans Sights

St. Louis Cemetery No. 1

  • 499 Basin St. Map It
  • Tremé
  • Cemetery

Fodor's Review

The oldest and most famous of New Orleans's cities of the dead, founded in the late 1700s, is just one block from the French Quarter. Stately rows of crypts are home to many of the city's most legendary figures, including Homer Plessy of the Plessy v. Ferguson 1896 U.S. Supreme Court decision establishing the "Jim Crow" laws ("separate but equal"), and voodoo queen Marie Laveau, whose grave is still a popular pilgrimage among the spiritual, the superstitious, and the curious. Visitors are required to be part of a tour group in order to enter the cemetery, so join one of the many groups that come through each day. The nonprofit group Save Our Cemeteries (504/525–3377) gives guided tours daily leaving from the Basin Street Station Visitors Center at 501 Basin Street.

Sight Information

Address:

499 Basin St., bounded by Basin, Conti, Tremé, and St. Louis sts., New Orleans, Louisiana, 70112, USA

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Sight Details:

  • Save Our Cemeteries tours $20
  • Mon.–Sat. 10–3, Sun. 10–noon. Save Our Cemeteries tours Mon.–Sat. at 10, 11:30, and 1, Sun. at 10

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