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Address: 300 Claiborne Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

St. Louis No. 2 is located some three blocks back from St. Louis No. 1,...

St. Louis No. 2 is located some three blocks back from St. Louis No. 1, bordering Claiborne Avenue. It was consecrated in 1823. A number of notable jazz and rhythm & blues musicians are buried here, including Danny Barker and Ernie K. Doe. Also entombed here is Andre Cailloux (1825-1863), African-American Union hero and martyr of the American Civil War. The cemetery received minor flooding during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and its tombs seemed virtually untouched by the storm when the water went down, aside from the brownish waterline visible on all structures that were flooded. There are many notable citizens of 19th and 20th century New Orleans laid to rest here. These include the Venerable Mother Henriette DeLille, who is a candidate for sainthood by the Catholic Church.

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Very interesting place near downtown. amazing graves with amazing architecture and detail to their tombs . I got to park for free.

Reviewed 2 April 2017
Corpus Christi, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

We visited Cemetery #2 at approximately 2pm on a Thursday in April. Self-guided, with no tour guide. In fact, we parked and walked right in and weren't greeted by any guard, or other official. We were greeted by a sign describing the religious and sacred nature of the grounds. Within a few minutes, we were engrossed in viewing the tombs,... More 

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place near downtown. amazing graves with amazing architecture and detail to their tombs . I got to park for free.

Thank GabbieV
New Orleans, Louisiana
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157 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2017

The second oldest cemetery in New Orleans and certainly lives up to the title 'City of the Dead'. A good afternoon will be spent here photographing all the ancient tombs and marvel over the architecture and art. One scene from the classic film Easy Rider was filmed in this cemetery in the 60's, too. Bring some snacks and water for... More 

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Dayton, Ohio
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10 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Very interesting attraction, it is intriguing to see the various tombstones. Just don't wear sandals... you may suffer the attack of fire ants.

Thank travelandmarvel
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Free Cemetery St.Louis number to it straight down about 4 blocks straight down towards Claiborne passing the cemetery number one it's free no guide to your left inside if the chain of Henriette delille and we hope will be our very first saint of New Orleans to your right there's another cemetery St Louis Cemetery number to the second part... More 

1 Thank Michael B
Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 December 2016

We parked on the street between the tombs. Many of the structures are crumbling. The families who cared for them are gone or unable to make the expensive repairs. Hopefully the New Orleans Cemetery Preservation Society will be able to save these markers from history.

Thank McHove
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

I know it may seem odd to take a-walk through a cemetery. NEW ORLEANS cemeteries are so beautiful! They are like a great piece of art. Walking through and seeing the different names and wondering what thier lives may have been like it sort of magical for me. My partner who's from New Orleans was a lil hesitant but she... More 

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Malden, Missouri
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We visited this cemetery before boarding a cruise ship. We'd been to #1 and #3 and this is the largest of the St. Louis cemeteries. It covers 3 blocks and you are free to wander around. Some inscriptions were too worn to be read but others could. The oldest tomb we saw was dated 1836 but since it was founded... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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108 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

A short walk from the Quarter, but better to go with a group or tour if you're an out-of-towner (that part of town can be a bit dangerous). One of the oldest cemeteries in the US and a perfect sampling of New Orleans' burial traditions. See the tomb of Dominique You, Ernie K-Doe, and the future pyramidal home of Nicolas... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2015

We had lunch at Commanders Palace and saw the entrance here when we walked out. We entered and found a guide Carla was gathering people together for a walking tour before they closed for the day. Gotta be the best 5 bucks I spent all week. She really knows her history. Recommend you look for her. Can't believe what I... More 

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