Don’t forget me – New Orleans : Haiku, a Travel Haibun

Haibun : Don’t forget me

In 1854, families began erecting mausoleums in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, New Orleans. Names etched in marble solidly outlasting their stay here on earth.  Family pedigrees carved into stone. I can hear the begats between each line. Listen! Do you hear that? That cry echoing down the corridors of time : “Don’t forget me!”

angels hovering
lives defined by dates : birth, death
hark! “Don’t forget me!”

haibun & photo by © 2020 M. LaFreniere, all rights reserved.

Added in 2015, the statue of Mother Therese with her quote : “If you pray, you will have faith. And if you have faith, you will love. And if you love, you will serve. And if you serve, you will have peace.

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3
3421 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70119
Gates: Monday – Saturday 8 am to 4:30 pm
Sunday & Holidays 8 am to 4 pm
A few rules of the cemetery

  • No tours/tourists are permitted on All Saints Day or All Souls Day
  • Bike tours and other motorized bike/vehicle tours are prohibited in our Catholic Cemeteries
  • All of our Catholic Cemeteries are closed on Mardi Gras Day.
  • Gates close early on the Saturday before Mardi Gras due to the Endymion parade.
  • No alcohol or food permitted
  • Only certified Service animals are permitted in the cemetery

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, A Closer Walk : New Orleans Music History, Block by Block

St. Louis Cemetery #3, New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries

St. Louis Cemetery No. 3, Save Our Cemeteries

A few of the more famous residents of St. Louis Cemetery No. 3: Margaret Haughery aka the mother of the orphans, Ralston Crawford – abstract painter, Paul Sarebresole – ragtime composer, E. J. Bellocq – early 20th century New Orleans photographer, and Sweet Emma Barrett – jazz pianist and singer.

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