Haunted New Orleans Walking Tour
Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1
Listen to narrative about the cemetery:
Listen to the narrative about Leveau’s tomb:
There are three Saint Louis Cemeteries. This is the first one that was established. All three are Roman Catholic and all three have above ground vaults. No. 1 is the oldest and the most famous of all three, it was opened in 1789, it replaced St. Peter Cemetery as the main burial ground after the cities redesign following the great fire of 1788.
There are some very famous historical figures buried in this cemetery including Etienne de Boré, King’s Musketeer, the first man to granulate sugar and 1st Mayor of New Orleans, Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial, the first African-American mayor of New Orleans, The renowned Voodoo priestess Marie Laveau is believed to be in residence, along with Delphine LaLaurie and a future spot for actor Nicolas Cage.
As far as hauntings, this cemetery is considered one of the most haunted cemeteries in the United States. It is said to be haunted by Marie Laveau who has been seen near her purported tomb, angry, fuming and storming around her grave. She chants curses and has even slapped a man that walked by her tomb. Laveau is said to take the form of a big black dog or large black crow and watch over the cemetery.
Another entity that is very commonly seen in the cemetery is that of Henry Vignes who appears in solid form and looks to be alive. He is said to be looking for his family’s lost vault to be properly buried, it is said he will ask visitors where his vault is and has sometimes taps on people’s shoulders. During funerals it has been reported that Henry will ask if he can put his remains in with the person being buried which is all sorts of creepy.
The third entity is that of a young man who will actually take visitors hands and begin to cry, he claims he is afraid of the Pinead family vault and will warn visitors away from it.
Take lots of pictures, visitors consistently report filming orbs, entities in full form and EVP recordings.