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Metairie Cemetery is a cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. Graves at Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, New York A cemetery or graveyard is a place (usually an enclosed area of land) in which dead bodies are buried. ... New Orleans (local pronunciations: , , or ) (French: La Nouvelle-Orléans, pronounced in standard French accent) is the largest city in the U.S. state of Louisiana. ...


The name has caused some people to mistakenly presume that the cemetery is located in Metairie, Louisiana, but it's within the New Orleans city limits, on Metairie Road (and formerly on the banks of the since filled in Bayou Metairie). Metairie is an unincorporated, census-designated place (CDP) located in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. ... A bayou (pronounced or ) is a small, slow-moving stream or creek formed in the former bed of a river. ...


Metairie Cemetery covers 150 acres (607,000 m²) with over 7,000 graves.


History

This site was previously a horse racing track, Metairie Race Course founded in 1838. The great oval of the old racetrack can still be seen as part of the cemetery roadway system. Horse-racing is an equestrian sporting activity which has been practiced over the centuries; the chariot races of Roman times were an early example, as was the contest of the steeds of the god Odin and the giant Hrungnir in Norse mythology. ... 1838 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


According to a story well known locally, one Charles T. Howard, a "new money" wealthy gentleman who came to the city from Baltimore, Maryland, was refused membership in the track's exclusive "Louisiana Jockey Club". In revenge, he purchased the track grounds and converted it into a cemetery. Some local historians accept the story, others say that the race grounds were sold due to financial stress. Either way, the cemetery was opened here in 1872, and the tomb of Charles T. Howard is prominently placed in the center. Motto: BELIEVE (formerly The City That Reads) Nickname: Charm City Location in Maryland Founded  -Incorporated 30 July 1729 1797  County Independent city Mayor Martin J. OMalley (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 349. ... 1872 was a leap year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ...


A few tombs predating the foundation of this cemetery can be found here; these were originally erected in other local cemeteries and were moved here after Metairie became the city's most prestigious cemetery.


Sights

Metairie Cemetery has the largest collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary in the city. Marble This page is about the metamorphic rock. ... A tomb is a small building (or vault) for the remains of the dead, with walls, a roof, and (if it is to be used for more than one corpse) a door. ... Charlie Chaplin Statue A statue is a sculpture depicting a specific entity, usually a person, event, animal or object. ...


Notables buried in Metairie Cemetery include William C. C. Claiborne, the first U.S. governor of Louisiana, P.G.T. Beauregard, John Bell Hood and other Confederate veterans, jazz musicians Louis Prima and Al Hirt, baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott and former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison. William Charles Cole Claiborne (1775 - 23 November 1817) was a United States politican, best known as the first U.S. governor of Louisiana. ... List of Governors of Louisiana First French Era Sieur Sauvole de la Villantry 1699-1701 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne, Sieur de Bienville 1701-1713 Antonine de la Mothe Cadillac 1713-1716 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1716-1717 De lEpinay 1717-1718 Jean Baptiste de la Moyne 1718... Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard Pierre Gustave Toutant de Beauregard (BO-rih-gahrd) (May 28, 1818 – February 20, 1893), best known as a general for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, was also a writer, civil servant, and inventor. ... John Bell Hood John Bell Hood (June 1, 1831 – August 30, 1879) was a Confederate general during the American Civil War. ... Motto: Deo Vindice (Latin: Under God our Vindicator) Anthem: God Save the South (unofficial) Dixie (popular) Capital Montgomery, Alabama February 4, 1861–May 29, 1861 Richmond, Virginia May 29, 1861–April 9, 1865 Danville, Virginia April 3–April 10, 1865 Largest city New Orleans February 4, 1861 until captured May... Jazz is a musical art form originally characterized by blue notes, syncopation, swing, call and response, polyrhythms, and improvisation. ... Louis Prima and Keely Smith singing for the radio in the 1950s Louis Prima (December 7, 1910- August 24, 1978) was an Italian-American entertainer, singer, actor, and trumpeter born in New Orleans. ... Al Hirt (November 7, 1922 - April 27, 1999) was a popular trumpeter and bandleader. ... Melvin Thomas Mel Ott (March 2, 1909 - November 21, 1958), nicknamed Master Melvin, was a left-handed batter and outfielder in Major League Baseball who played his entire career in the National League for the New York Giants (1926-1947). ... Jim Garrison (November 20, 1921 - October 21, 1992) was District Attorney of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1962 to 1973; he is best known for his investigations into the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. ...


Other impressive tombs here include:

  • the pseudo-Egyptian pyramid
  • the former tomb of Storyville madam Josie Arlington
  • Moriarity tomb, with a 60 foot tall marble monument. A temporary special spur railroad line was built to bring the materials for the impressive monument here.
  • Memorial of 19th century police chief Hennesey, whose murder sparked a riot.

See also: List of United States cemeteries Geometric shape created by connecting a polygonal base to an apex A pyramid is a geometric shape formed by connecting a polygonal base and a point, called the apex, by triangular faces. ... Storyville was the legalized prostitution district of New Orleans, Louisiana from 1897 through 1917. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... // Arkansas Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock - known as Westminster Abbey of Arkansas; California Angelus Rosedale Cemetery, Los Angeles; Calvary Cemetery, East Los Angeles; Chapel of the Pines Crematory, Los Angeles; Cypress Lawn Memorial Park, Colma is the burial site of William Randolph Hearst and other members of the Hearst family...


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Metairie, Louisiana - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1461 words)
Metairie is the largest unincorporated community in the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan area.
Metairie ranks as the fifth-largest CDP in the nation, behind Honolulu, Hawaii; Paradise, Nevada; Arlington County, Virginia; and Sunrise Manor, Nevada.
Metairie is located in eastern Jefferson Parish and its boundaries include New Orleans to the east, Kenner to the west, Lake Pontchartrain to the north, and Jefferson, Elmwood, and Harahan to the south.
Metairie Cemetery - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (344 words)
Metairie Cemetery is a cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
The name has caused some people to mistakenly presume that the cemetery is located in Metairie, Louisiana, but it's within the New Orleans city limits, on Metairie Road (and formerly on the banks of the since filled in Bayou Metairie).
Metairie Cemetery has the largest collection of elaborate marble tombs and funeral statuary in the city.
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