When New Orleans was founded in 1718, planners and builders had to come up with creative ways to deal with the extremely low setting of city-adjacent to the Mississippi River but below sea level. Many visitors are familiar with the historic St. Louis Cemeteries #1 and #2, with their elaborate above-ground tombs and burial vaults. Recently, an earlier cemetery was rediscovered by archaeologists on St. Peter Street.
The Cemetery Under The French Quarter
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson
New Orleans Public Radio
October 6, 2016