New Orleans cemeteries

This week on The Reading Life: Photographer Robert Brantley, author of “Sacred Ground: Cemeteries of New Orleans.” And John Warner Smith, Louisiana’s new poet laureate and author of "Muhammad’s Mountain," "Spirits of the Gods," "A Mandala of Hands," and Soul Be a Witness," with a new collection, "Our Shut Eyes: New and Selected Poems on Race in America," due out later this year.

  •  Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans, by Sally Asher
  • Vol. 2 Friends of the Cabildo New Orleans Architecture series: Cemeteries.
  • Cemeteries of New Orleans: A Cultural History, by Peter Dedek
  • Elysium, A Gathering of Souls, New Orleans Cemeteries, by Sandra Russell Clark
  • New Orleans Cemeteries: Life in the Cities of the Dead, by Robert Florence, photographs by Mason Florence
  • Lagniappe: Getting Off at Elysian Fields: Obituaries from the New Orleans Times-Picayune, by John Pope

 

Alan McCoy in St. Roch Cemetery No. 2
Laine Kaplan-Levenson / WWNO

TriPod: New Orleans at 300 returns with a story of the city’s above ground cemeteries, and those working behind the scenes.

Scott Threlkeld / The Advocate

The Housing Authority of New Orleans received a Federal grant last year to redevelop the Iberville Housing Development, the city’s last traditional public housing complex, on the edge of the French Quarter. The plan was to keep about a third of the buildings, demolish the rest, and build new, mixed-income housing.

Erin Krall / WWNO

While much of the United States considers November 1 as just the day after Halloween, New Orleans marks a more spiritual holiday. Many in the city spend All Saints Day sprucing up cemeteries.