Metairie Cemetery was previously owned and operated by Stewart Enterprises, Inc., of Jefferson, Louisiana. However, in December 2013, Service Corporation International bought Metairie Cemetery and other Stewart locations.
One of the most famous is the Army of Tennessee, Louisiana Division monument, a monumental tomb of Confederate soldiers of the American Civil War. The monument includes two notable works by sculptor Alexander Doyle (1857–1922): Atop the tomb is an 1877 equestrian statue of General Albert Sidney Johnston on his horse Fire-eater, holding binoculars in his right hand. General Johnston was for a time entombed here, but the remains were later removed to Texas. To the right of the entrance to the tomb is an 1885 life size statue represents a Confederate officer about to read the roll of the dead during the American Civil War. The statue is said to be modeled after Sergeant William Brunet of the Louisiana Guard Battery, but is intended to represent all Confederate soldiers.
Monument, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans, Louisiana
Cemetery in New Orleans contains a monument dedicated to Stonewall Jackson.
Stonewall Jackson was a famous general who fought for the Confederacy during
the American Civil War. His popularity was spread throughout not just the
rebellious southern states, but also people who studied his military tactics.
Jackson received the nickname of Stonewall for his command of 1st Virginia
Infantry Brigade where his command stopped a Union assault at the First Battle
of Manassas in July of 1961 (l Jones).
Jackson monument is the located on the burial site for veterans of the Civil
War. It is built on a tumulus located on the eastern portion of the old
horserace track. The cemetery originally was a race track that eventually fell
out of use. Charles T. Howard purchased the track where he envisioned that it
would hold the remains of wealthy New Orleanians (Branley). The monument is
located on a 38 foot columnn.
of the monument took place on May 10, 1881 which was the same date as the
eighteenth anniversary of Jackson’s death. There were about 10,000 people in
attendance at the dedication. Additionally, the monument honors those troops
that fought under Jackson’s command (Branley). It was designed by Achille
Perelli of New Orleans (storyvilledistrictnola).
Like many of the
Civil War monuments, there is controversy surrounding the Stonewall Jackson
monument. Those involved in the dedication of the monument highlighted the importance of the soldiers.
For instance, a Mr. Davis made remarks,
“Our objects, like those of our brethren in Virginia, are purely
benevolent, historical, and non-political. Any man whose record is clear as a
soldier in the Army of Northern Virginia is welcome to our ranks, whatever
be his present political feeling.”
Davis was part of a committee that charged
with erecting the tomb. This group views the construction and erection of the
monument as something that honors the people of the Civil War. In 1881, the
south was still reconstructing itself following its defeat in the Civil War.
Their words suggest that they desired the Stonewall Jackson monument was an
attempt at reconciliation due to it being non-political.
others who argue that the monument is anything but non-political due to it
honoring someone who was charged with preserving the southern way of life which
included the bondage of human beings. There are also those people who see the
statue as preserving what the south fought for such as John B. Richardson who
served as president of the tomb committee, “designed to perpetuate the memory
of those who fought and fell for the Lost Cause, and at the same time a fitting
place of rest for those who must soon follow (csa-dixie).” Richardson and many
others desired to ensure that the historical legacy of the Confederacy would be
remembered in Louisiana.
monument is still on the grounds of the Metairie Cemetery. It is still
considered one of the popular destinations for those who take cemetery tours in
the area. People aren’t aware of the exact nature of the history behind the
monument so a firm understanding of the hurt that some people feel about the
monument is lost to supporters of the statue.
-Laure Beauregard Larendon's tomb, which features Moorish details and beautiful stained glass; the former tomb of Storyville madam Josie Arlington;
-The Moriarty tomb with a marble monument with a height of 60 feet (18 m) tall, which required the construction of a temporary special spur railroad line to transport the monument's building materials to the cemetery; and
-The memorial of 19th-century police chief David Hennessy, whose murder sparked a riot.
The initial construction of at least one of these elaborate final resting places – restaurateur Ruth Fertel’s mausoleum – is estimated to have cost between $125,000 to $500,000.
Notable burials within:
-Algernon Sidney Badger, New Orleans government official during and after Reconstruction
-T. L. Bayne, first Tulane University football coach and organizer of first football game in New Orleans
-P.G.T. Beauregard, Confederate General. Former Superintendent at West Point.
-Renato Cellini, operatic conductor
-William C. C. Claiborne, first U.S. Governor of Louisiana
-Marguerite Clark, stage & film actress
-Lewis Strong Clarke, sugar planter and Republican politician
-Isaac Cline was the chief meteorologist at the Galveston, Texas office of the US Weather Bureau from 1889 to 1901. In that role, he became an integral figure in the devastating Galveston Hurricane of 1900.
-Hamilton D. Coleman was a businessman who held Louisiana's 2nd congressional district seat from 1889 to 1891. He was the last Republican member of the U.S. House from Louisiana until 1973.
-Al Copeland, founder of Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits and several other restaurants.
-Jefferson Davis was buried at Metairie Cemetery, but his remains were later moved to Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond, Virginia.
-Dorothy Dell, film actress of the 1930s
-Dorothy Dix, advice columnnist
-Charles E. Dunbar, New Orleans attorney and civil service reformer
-Joachim O. Fernández, U.S. Representative from Louisiana's 1st congressional district from 1931 to 1941
-Ruth U. Fertel, founder of Ruth's Chris Steak House
-Benjamin Flanders, Reconstruction-era state governor and New Orleans mayor
-Jim Garrison, New Orleans District Attorney
-Michael Hahn, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives and Governor of Louisiana
-Benjamin Morgan Harrod, civil engineer who designed New Orleans water/sewerage system
-William W. Heard, Governor of Louisiana from 1900-1904
-William G. Helis, Sr., American oilman, racehorse/owner breeder
-Andrew Higgins, inventor of the Higgins Boat
-Al Hirt, jazz trumpeter
-Ken Hollis, state senator from Jefferson Parish
-John Bell Hood, Confederate General
-Chapman H. Hyams, stockbroker, businessman and philanthropist
-Ed Karst, mayor of Alexandria, Louisiana, from 1969 to 1973
-Grace King, author
-Richard W. Leche, Governor of Louisiana
-Harry Lee, Sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
-Samuel D. McEnery, Governor of Louisiana
-John Albert Morris, the Lottery King
-deLesseps Story Chep Morrison, Sr., Mayor of New Orleans
-deLesseps Story Toni Morrison, Jr., state legislator from Orleans Parish
-Elwyn Nicholson, state senator from 1972 to 1988, grocery store owner
-Alton Ochsner, surgeon, co-founder of Ochsner Clinic (now Ochsner Health System)
-Lionel Ott, member of the Louisiana State Senate from 1940 to 1945 and the last New Orleans finance commissioner from 1946 to 1954
-Mel Ott, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball Player
-Benjamin M. Palmer, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans (1856–1902)
-John M. Parker, governor of Louisiana
-P. B. S. Pinchback, African American Governor of Louisiana for 35 days, 1872–1873
-Louis Prima, bandleader
-Stan Rice, poet
-John Leonard Riddell, melter and refiner of Mint 1839-1848, Postmaster 1859-1862, inventor of the binocular microscope
-Louis J. Roussel, Jr., businessman and political donor
-John G. Schwegmann, supermarket pioneer and member of both houses of the Louisiana State Legislature
-James Z. Spearing, U.S. representative, 1924-1931, from Louisiana's 2nd congressional district
-Norman Treigle, opera star
-Helen Turner, painter
-Cora Witherspoon, stage and screen character actress