Owned by the City of New Orleans, Holt Cemetery was established in 1897 as a potter’s field for the poor. The agreement with the city is for the $ 450 cost of each burial, each funeral plot is free for a family to use as long as they want & as long as the holders maintain their own plot. A multiple burial is allowed after one year plus a day following the preceding burial. Because the water table in New Orleans is high, grave diggers only dig 4 ½ feet down.
Holt Cemetery, New Orleans Bolden was buried in an unmarked grave in Holt Cemetery, a pauper's graveyard in New Orleans. In 1998 a monument to Bolden was erected in Holt Cemetery, but his exact gravesite remains unknown.
Save Our Cemeteries would like to share this update regarding the recent theft of remains in Holt Cemetery: WWL-TV (New Orleans) covers the latest developments in this news story. Thank you all for your concern and support regarding this issue! Save Our Cemeteries is aware of the recent theft of remains in Holt Cemetery and has contacted the proper state authorities. They are launching an investigation. Thank you for your emails regarding the issue and for your support!
ODD HEADSTONE AT HOLT CEMETERY GATE…NEW ORLEANS HOLT CEMETERY, 635 CITY PARK AVENUE, NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA Among the graves in City Park Avenue’s Holt Cemetery, there were many works of Folk Art among other curious graves and cultural artifacts; although, the wording on this particular memorial near the entrance was rather strange to our curatorial agents…