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Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans (Landmarks) Paperback – October 19, 2015
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About the Author
Sally Asher is a writer and photographer living in New Orleans. A frequent contributor to Louisiana Cultural Vistas, she regularly lectures on New Orleans history though the Louisiana State Museum. Her photography appears in local, national and international media outlets including Newsweek, U.S. World News and New Orleans magazine. An original Big Easy Rollergirl (retired), Asher is a proud co-captain of New Orleans's Leijorettes, a marching krewe honoring Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan.
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Walking the aisles of New Orleans most famous cemeteries can be at once inspirational and daunting. Even a well-read history buff can be over whelmed at the shear number and diversity of names and dates on the tombs. The tombs themselves can be majestic and ornate or reduced to rubble because of neglect. The physical condition of these monuments and the juxtaposition of family tombs and various social society tombs makes it difficult to process and associate these stone monuments with the history of the city.
By focusing her research on accurately and respectably telling the stories of the people buried in the tombs Asher has brought much needed relevance and perspective. The book contains excellent and artistic photographs that further underscore Asher's reverence and respect for the people she brings to life again. With over 500 hundred footnotes she provides us a road map to follow if we are interested in learning more. Detailed directions to help find each tomb are included along each story.
I can't believe how much I'd overlooked on previous visits to New Orleans! After reading this book, I immediately made a list of sites within the three cemeteries that I plan to pay my respects to on my next visit. Whether you're a history buff or fascinated with the macabre, a native New Orleanian or simply a fan of the city's culture, buying - and reading - this book is money and time well spent.