Odd Fellows Rest

Images from an impromptu visit to Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery in New Orleans, established by a benevolent society in 1849. Because it was technically outside the city limits when it was built, it was one of the few places where African-Americans could purchase plots, which were otherwise denied to them. It is therefore one of the few of the above-ground cemeteries to house the resting places of both black and white people, side by side.

Sadly, the cemetery has been vandalized a number of times through the years, and has seen better days. Perhaps by means of photos such as these, more attention and help will come to secure the long-term survival of the Odd Fellows Rest for many years to come.

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