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New Orleans in Orleans Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Old Mortuary Chapel

 
 
The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 13, 2009
1. The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker
Inscription. Built in 1826 as a burial church for victims of yellow fever, the chapel is the oldest surviving church in the city. Now Our Lady of Guadelupe, the chapel is the official chapel of the New Orleans Police and Fire Departments.
 
Erected by Louisiana Tourist Commission.
 
Location. 29° 57.497′ N, 90° 4.225′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker is at the intersection of North Rampart Street and Conti Street, in the median on North Rampart Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New Orleans LA 70112, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shangarai Chasset - Gates of Mercy (within shouting distance of this marker); Benito Juarez (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 (about 400 feet away); "Oven" Vaults (about 400 feet away); Marie Laveau (about 400 feet away); Multiple Burials (about 500 feet away); Italian Mutual Benevolent Society Tomb (about 500 feet away); Homer Adolph Plessy (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in New Orleans.
 
Also see . . .  New Orleans St. Jude Shrine/Our Lady of Guadalupe R.C. Church. ...In 1853 an epidemic
The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker in median at far left, in front of Our Lady of Guadlupe Church image. Click for full size.
By Richard E. Miller, July 14, 2009
2. The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker in median at far left, in front of Our Lady of Guadlupe Church
with Shangarai Chasset-Gates of Mercy Marker in median, center right
of yellow fever of monstrous proportions occurred. In the month of August alone nine hundred sixty-seven persons died during the first week; twelve hundred eighty-eight fell during the second week; thirteen hundred forty-six in the third and twelve hundred forty- three during the fourth week. Most of the deaths occurred among the unacclimated immigrants who lived in crowded tenements or in flimsy shacks often lacking simple sanitary facilities. But in 1853, the native born who had considered themselves immune to the disease were attacked by 'Bronze John' and even the blacks, long thought to be exempt from the disease, contracted yellow fever. Writing in The Diary of A Samaritan, William L. Robinson, a member of the Howard Association, described the epidemic. (The Howards were a group of young men who banded together to help the unfortunate victims of the plague)... (Submitted on August 8, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.) 
 
Additional keywords. Saint Jude Shrine
 
Categories. Antebellum South, USChurches, Etc.
 
The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker image. Click for more information.
Courtesy of Saint Jude Shrine
3. The Old Mortuary Chapel Marker
From the Saint Jude Shrine web site, photographed prior to is present deteriorated conditon.
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. This page has been viewed 1,149 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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