“The significance of documenting at-risk cemeteries in Louisiana cannot be overstated. Cemeteries provide a source of comfort and remembrance for the living and are an invaluable resource for capturing the state’s cultural history – names on headstones detail the region’s coastal immigration patterns and reflect a diverse population of ethnicities from throughout the world. Yet, hurricanes, storm surge, subsidence, flooding, and rapid erosion of the land create a dim future for these sites. As the land erodes and is inundated, the state loses its cultural fabric. When natural disasters strike, cemeteries often bear damage, especially those in coastal parishes and near rivers. Hurricanes Rita (2005); Ike (2008); and Isaac (2012) and the August flood of 2016 all disrupted and uprooted graves. Global Positioning Site location (GPS) is a valuable advance-storm tool for post-storm recovery. A digital record of the site can be created by marking cemetery perimeters and geolocating individual graves. These coordinates can be used to determine where a coffin should be returned to after a storm. It’s also significant in terms of historical preservation of Louisiana’s coastal record – the coordinates will always be there, even when the land is eroded or inundated by the Gulf of Mexico.”
Jessica H. Schexnayder, coastal researcher and author, Fragile Grounds: Louisiana’s Endangered Cemeteries
About the Application
You can explore the application in several ways. When opened, it can be navigated as just a map. However, on the side is a listing of the cemeteries and can scroll through each individual cemetery. There is also a search function that will allow search for both names and cemetery names.
Just as a reminder, this is pilot project and is continuously being updated. Lafourche Parish Government does not guarantee its accuracy. Anything within the application is placed at the sole discretion of Lafourche Parish Government and is to be used for informational purposes only, and not be used for any sort of legal proceedings or anything such related. All images are the copyright of Lafourche Parish Government.
To Begin Searching for Cemeteries or Deceased, click the link below:
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