Holt Cemetery, the least known cemetery in New Orleans…

In a city famous for its unique cemeteries, there is one that you probably never have heard of or visited, but you really should! Holt Cemetery was established in the late 1800s as a Potters Field for the indigent residents of New Orleans by Dr. Joseph Holt, an official for the New Orleans Board of Health.

The cemetery is the resting place for over 50,000 of the city’s poorest. There are a couple famous/infamous former residents of New Orleans including early jazz great, Buddy Bolden, and the notorious Robert Charles who was at the center of the 1900 Race Riot in New Orleans. Many former service men and women are also buried there.

I visited this unique place with my wife last time we were in New Orleans and captured these images with my infrared converted Sony a6000 using the Lensbaby Trio28 lens.


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