A historic New Orleans cemetery will soon be off-limits to tourists on their own because of repeated tomb vandalism.
Starting in March, entry to St. Louis Cemetery Number One will be restricted to relatives of those buried there. Others must be accompanied by a tour guide registered with the Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans, which owns the property.
That cemetery may have started the city's tradition of above-ground crypts
In late 2012, someone covered the reputed tomb of voodoo priestess Marie Laveau with pink paint.
The final resting place of New Orleans Voodoo queen Marie Laveau has been restored to its original state. The refinished tomb in Cemetery No. 1 will be unveiled this Friday, on Halloween.
According to NOLA.com, Bayou Preservation was hired in August by the Archdiocese of New Orleans and Save Our Cemeteries to return the monument to its 200-year-old original state. The restoration cost $10,000.
Lionel Alverez is in the Promised Land Cemetery again, taking inventory. He has been coming to this cemetery in Plaquemines Parish, La., all his life. The graveyard is hemmed in between the Mississippi River and the marsh on a lonely stretch of highway.
Promised Land has been the final resting place for the Alverezes for generations. Alverez, 61, points out several graves, one by one. "Albert Alverez. Huey Alverez and Harold Alverez. My brother Allen is near the rear, back there."