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Old 06-14-2009, 11:54 PM
 
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I am trying to find out if there is an area in a modern-day NOLA cemetery that is dedicated to the burial of unknown/indigent corpses. If so, would these graves me marked in any way and how? Any light you could shed or direction to be pointed on the internet is greatly appreciated.



Thanks again-

Marisa English

(PS- this is not in ref. to any Katrina victims, as I have read about the burial of those unfortunates)
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:29 PM
 
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I'm not sure, but there is one just off of Old Gentilly Rd. that I think is or was the "Potter's Field" for NOLA.
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Old 06-16-2009, 10:47 PM
 
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I thought it was the downtown river side of the Canal St and City Park Ave/Metairie Rd intersection? I think it used to say Potter's Field over the gate.

From www.backroadsofamericanmusic.com:
:527 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

http://www.backroadsofamericanmusic.com/photos/backroads/images/134/secondarythumb.aspx (broken link)
Holt Cemetery is basically a potter's field-- the final resting place for some of New Orleans poor and indigent peoples for over a century.

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Old 06-17-2009, 10:07 AM
 
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I'd go with Bell's answer. I wasn't sure about the one by Old Gentilly, FIL, used to tell hubby that it was a "potter's field," but bless his heart, Paw wasn't sure either. Anyone know what the one by the junk yards on Old Gentilly is called?
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Old 06-17-2009, 06:44 PM
 
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Thanks so much, folks! Some info isn't readily available on the 'net, and you've all been most helpful.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:11 PM
 
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Holt is one of our most beautiful cemeteries. The graves are very personalized, kept by family members. The jazz great, perhaps the father of New Orleans jazz, Buddy Bolden, is buried in an unmarked grave somewhere in Holt. It's a truly spiritual place if you ever get to visit.
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Old 06-23-2009, 02:18 PM
 
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I thought it was the downtown river side of the Canal St and City Park Ave/Metairie Rd intersection? I think it used to say Potter's Field over the gate.

From www.backroadsofamericanmusic.com:
:527 City Park Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119


Holt Cemetery is basically a potter's field-- the final resting place for some of New Orleans poor and indigent peoples for over a century.
Actually, it's a bit further downtown on City Park Ave, tucked behind Delgado College's administrative offices. You actually have to go into the Delgado lot to get to it. It's a beautiful place, not like Potter's Field in NYC, where my brother was buried. The families can personalize the graves.
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:58 PM
 
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Is there any records of who was burried in Potters Field...If so how do I find them.
Looking for grave of Paul Matthews/Mathieu born about 1865 passsed in 1935. He left his family in Jennings to get treatment at the charity hosp and died. The family could not afford to clain the body for burial.
Thank You
Alta
j78altamathews@yahoo.com
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:01 PM
 
Location: New Orleans, United States
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Actually, it's a bit further downtown on City Park Ave, tucked behind Delgado College's administrative offices. You actually have to go into the Delgado lot to get to it. It's a beautiful place, not like Potter's Field in NYC, where my brother was buried. The families can personalize the graves.
There's one on the uptown side of Canal too, right at Canal and City Park. It's right across from the last stop on of the Canal/Cemeteries streetcar.


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Is there any records of who was burried in Potters Field...If so how do I find them.
Looking for grave of Paul Matthews/Mathieu born about 1865 passsed in 1935. He left his family in Jennings to get treatment at the charity hosp and died. The family could not afford to clain the body for burial.
Thank You
Alta
j78altamathews@yahoo.com
If he died at Charity there's a strong possibility that he's here.
4900 Block, Canal Street
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