Save Our Cemeteries is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and protection of New Orleans’ historic cemeteries through restoration, education, and advocacy.
In 1974, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced a plan to destroy the wall vaults surrounding St. Louis Cemetery No. 2 and replace them with a chain-link fence. The preservation community was incensed.
Save Our Cemeteries was created in response to this threat, but the organization quickly realized the problem of cemetery neglect was not limited to just one cemetery.
Since it's founding, SOC has raised millions of dollars which have been utilized in the city of New Orleans' historic cemeteries. Grants to SOC include the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Office, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the World Monuments Fund, Save Outdoor Sculpture!, Time-Warner and Save America's Treasures.