St Bernard Parish Cemetery Tour

Visit the 9 Open Historic Cemeteries of St Bernard Parish

St Bernard Parish Cemetery Tour

Chalmette, Louisiana 70043, United States

Created By: Tammy Mercure

Tour Information

St Bernard Parish is rich in history. Please respectfully explore the cemeteries. Enjoy walking outside, reading headstones, and learning more.

Ellen Cemetery, First Baptist Church of Verrettville Cemetery, Merrit Cemetery, Saint Bernard Catholic Cemetery, St. Bernard Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home are open and active. Reggio Cemetery had a burial as recently as 2019.

Freedmen's Cemetery is marked with a plaque. True Love Cemetery has some headstones. It is publicly accessible at the end of the road.

E.E. Matt Pet Cemetery is on private property and not noted on this tour.

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What You'll See on the Tour

Date of Burials: 1867-1876 Freedmen’s Cemetery is marked with a plaque in an area between the Chalmette Battlefield and the Chalmette National Cemetery. The Freedmen’s Bureau (Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands) was establ... Read more
Date of Burials: 1864 – 2003 Also Known As Monument Cemetery The Chalmette National Cemetery was established in 1864 to bury the Union Soliders who died in Louisiana. (The British soldiers were not buried here- there are no actual records... Read more
Date of Burials: ~1920 – Current Ellen Cemetery is the burial ground for the descendants of those who lived in Fazendeville. The cemetery is named after Ellen Levy. She was part of the group that bought the property, which is about two mi... Read more
Date of Burials: 1965 – Current Of the parish cemeteries, the St Bernard Memorial Gardens is the most modern in design and land use. The graves are mostly flat and there is an indoor and outdoor mausoleum. There are restrictions on grave ... Read more
Date of Burials: early 1900s- current The Merrit (AKA Merrick Cemetery) was established in the early 1900s by the Borgnemouth Realty Company for African American families who had been burying their dead in slave cemeteries on nearby plantat... Read more
True Love Cemetery is defunct cemetery in the area of St Bernard Parish formerly called Sebastapol. It was started as a slave cemetery for the Sebastopol Plantation. Some descendants of those buried there continued to be buried there throug... Read more
Date of Burials: 1787 – Current Saint Bernard Catholic Cemetery, popularly known as Terre-aux-Boeufs Cemetery, is the oldest cemetery in the New Orleans area, predating Saint Louis I by two years. Around 1779 Canary Islanders started sett... Read more
Date of Burials: ~1871 – Current First Baptist Church of Verrettville was founded by Rev Samual Smith. Rev Smith was born into slavery at the Proctor Plantation (now the area of Shell Beach). He escaped when New Orleans was captured and j... Read more
Date of Burials: 1950s-2019 Reggio Cemetery is the only remaining cemetery outside the levee protection in the parish. The Reggio Baptist Church started the cemetery on its property so that residents without insurance had a free place to be... Read more


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