Holt has been filled to capacity many times in its long history. In fact, grave plots have often been re-used after their upkeep is abandoned. This is not uncommon in urban cemeteries, where space is always a problem. Still, the density of in-ground burials at Holt is unusual, and there has been regular discussion over the years about closing Holt to further interments. The present appearance of the cemetery is a result of renovations in 2013-2014. At that time, the sexton's cottage, fencing, lights, and the driveway were upgraded.
Many visitors comment upon the considerable number of military veterans whose are marked at Holt. As early as 1921, the Dallas Express newspaper mentioned that the graves of 50 African-American World War I soldiers at Holt were being decorated by the American Red Cross. Now, the Department of Veteran Affairs will provide, upon request, a headstone for any U.S. military veteran in an unmarked grave. Since these are more durable than the improvised markers common at Holt, there appears to be a disproportionate number of veterans in the cemetery. A monument near the cemetery entrance lists the names of the
Adornment of Graves: Watchers
Figurines and sculptural elements representing animals and people may serve many functions. They might serve as protectors, or even symbolize the authority and omniscience of God.
These signs highlight some elements of these traditions which have been written about extensively in the book, No Space Hidden. The Spirit of African American Yard Work by Grey Gundaker/Judith McWillie. (2005). The University of Tennessee Press/Knoxville.
These signs are the result of a partnership between the University of New Orleans Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Save Our Cemeteries, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, promotion and protection of New Orleans' historic cemeteries through restoration, education and advocacy.
Erected by University of New Orleans and Save Our Cemeteries. (Marker Number 5.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Cemeteries & Burial Sites • Heroes • Military.
Location. 29° 59.118′ N, 90° 6.409′ W. Marker is in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Orleans Parish. Marker can be reached from Buddy Bolden Place near City Park Avenue when traveling north. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Holt Cemetery (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Holt Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); a different marker also named Holt Cemetery (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Holt Cemetery (about 400 feet away); a different marker also named Holt Cemetery (about 400 feet away); Marvin E. Thames (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named Holt Cemetery (about 600 feet away); Site Of Higgins' Industries at Delgado Trade School (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in New Orleans.
Credits. This page was last revised on February 14, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 14, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 14, 2021, by Cajun Scrambler of Assumption, Louisiana.