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Preserving Italian Culture in New Orleans Cemeteries

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Emily Ford of Oak and Laurel Cemetery returns to the American Italian Cultural Center for a fascinating lecture on preserving Italian culture in New Orleans cemeteries

This lecture will draw from the historic landscapes of all New Orleans cemeteries and from ongoing research into the preservation of Italian heritage. The impact of Italians in New Orleans cemeteries is most powerfully visible in Metairie Cemetery’s row of Italian society tombs, but Italian influence is present in all New Orleans cemeteries.


From the influence of 1850s Italian sculptor Americo Marozzi on Bywater cemeteries like St. Vincent de Paul and St. Roch, to hidden Florentine masterpieces in Cypress Grove, Italian artisans have subtly made their mark upon the development of our iconic cemeteries.


This lecture will also discuss the preservation of Italian heritage in New Orleans cemeteries, including the challenges of reclaiming society tombs, preserving family tombs, and a few inspiring success stories.

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