Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery (New Orleans)
Oven's Row, Odd Fellows Rest Cemetery
Some of the cemetery's unique tombs with Odd Fellow symbols
Resting place of Anson Fairchild. One of the few Odd Fellow/military tombs found within. After being killed in the 1862 Battle of Shiloh, his body was retuned for burial in his hometown
The cemeteries old gate and entrance
Backstory and Context
Eventually the walks of the cemetery were laid out and named for Louisiana's past grand masters of the Order. By 1852 two hundred burial vaults had been erected and the tomb of the Teutonia Lodge No. 10 finished. Two sides of the cemetery were enclosed with wall vaults and by the 1930s nearly all the land in the small cemetery had been sold and built upon. By the 1960s, the traffic situation at the intersection of Canal Street and City Park Boulevard had become such a problem that the City of New Orleans made a proposal to the Odd Fellows for the transfer of the cemetery. But after months of negotiations they failed to reach agreement, and so Odd Fellows Rest, despite the neglect and vandalism it has suffered in recent years, has remained in its original location.