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History, Hollywood and voodoo all in a New Orleans cemetery

This June 3, 2018 photo shows an offering and plaque marking the tomb for Marie Laveau at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. The marker calls he...
This June 3, 2018 photo shows tour guide Jeanne Wilson of Save Our Cemeteries with a group of visitors at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. Tou...
This June 3, 2018 photo shows a marker on the burial site for Homer Plessy at St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans. Plessy was an important figure ...
Actor Nicolas Cage is alive and well but he owns this gleaming tomb shaped like a pyramid in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, pictured in this...
This June 3, 2018 photo in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans shows its above ground burial vaults pictured against a blue sky. The vaults are la...

This June 3, 2018 photo shows an offering and plaque marking the tomb for Marie Laveau at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. The marker calls he...

This June 3, 2018 photo shows tour guide Jeanne Wilson of Save Our Cemeteries with a group of visitors at St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans. Tou...

This June 3, 2018 photo shows a marker on the burial site for Homer Plessy at St. Louis No. 1 Cemetery in New Orleans. Plessy was an important figure ...

Actor Nicolas Cage is alive and well but he owns this gleaming tomb shaped like a pyramid in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans, pictured in this...

This June 3, 2018 photo in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 in New Orleans shows its above ground burial vaults pictured against a blue sky. The vaults are la...

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — If you've heard about New Orleans' famous cemeteries with their above-ground tombs, you've probably heard about the tomb of voodoo queen Marie Laveau in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.

But you can't just show up on your own to visit. Since 2015, tourists have been allowed into the cemetery only on guided tours.

Other famous denizens of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 include an important figure in the fight for civil rights, Homer Plessy. Plessy was of mixed race. He challenged segregation, sitting in a rail car for whites. He lost his case in the notorious 1896 U.S. Supreme Court ruling Plessy v. Ferguson, which was used to justify segregation until the 1950s.

Scenes from the 1969 cult movie "Easy Rider" were filmed at the cemetery.


Updated : 2021-06-16 06:31 GMT+08:00