635 City Park Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70119
Of the many historical locations I have investigated over the years, there is still something special about investigating a cemetery. I’m not quite sure if it’s because of the unique creepy factor or the fact that it takes me back to my roots of when I just started investigating the previously mentioned Ft. Derussy Cemetery. Even to this day, I will find myself stepping away from the hustle of running our group to conduct a partial investigation of a nearby cemetery. It may sound strange for those who haven’t done it, but there is something quite serene and relaxing about being alone in a quiet cemetery at night. Granted, I don’t recommend you visit just any old cemetery alone at night; especially in New Orleans!
Holt Cemetery is a well-known Potter’s field cemetery near City Park in New Orleans. The site contains the graves of many less fortunate and indigent individuals who did not have the luxury, or family, to place them in large tombs. The cemetery was initially established in 1879 and is made up primarily of in-ground burials, which for the area, is an extremely odd site. With New Orleans being below sea level, the thought of underground tombs can lead to disaster, for all it takes is one good flood and the morbid scene of coffins popping out of the ground may be witnessed. I have personally seen this grizzly phenomenon take place in Central Louisiana following a hurricane and it is quite interesting.
Visitors to this cemetery are not greeted with the grand tombs and ornate structures one may
|Yes, this is one of the graves!|
|Uniqueness is an understatement!|
The city was on lockdown, as hundreds of police and bystanders were on the look-out for the cop killer. Crowds of angry whites began marching down the streets, demanding the capturing and lynching of Charles. In the meantime, the growing mobs began rioting, causing the deaths of three blacks and the injuring of nearly fifty others.
Word got out that Charles was hiding out in a residence located at 1208 Saratoga Street. Police and the mob quickly converged to this area, surrounding the home. Once again, a firefight broke out with more policemen being fired upon. Charles must have been one hell of a shot with a
|The Daily Picayune article from the |
Robert Charles incident.
Additional people of notable deaths that are said to be buried here are several of the victims from the infamous UpStairs Lounge arson attack that killed twenty-eight people. Currently known as the Jimani Lounge, the bar was a gay hangout in the 1970’s when the tragic event took place. I will wait to go into further detail on the lounge as you can guess that it is reportedly haunted as well. That location will be mentioned shortly.
Holt Cemetery is definitely not your run of the mill burial spot. I recommend checking it out sometime and you will see what I mean. Bring a voice recorder and who knows what you may capture. With a place containing burials on top of burials, many of which were from tragic deaths, residual energy left here is almost definite as the land is nearly a home of lost souls who may never truly rest in peace. As one walks these grounds and you see all the personal touches added to the plots such as trinkets, stuffed animals and clothing, you can almost hear the voices coming from the graves; echoing their grief and sadness for eternity.