Charity Hospital Cemetery

Charity Hospital Cemetery (HM1MV8)

Location: New Orleans, LA 70119 Orleans Parish
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Country: United States of America
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N 29° 58.851', W 90° 6.636'

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This cemetery was purchased by Charity Hospital in 1848 and was originally known as Potter's Field. It has historically been used to bury the unclaimed victims from throughout the city including victims of several yellow fever and influenza epidemics. Presently the ashes of those who have donated their remains to the Louisiana State Anatomical Board for medical education are buried here also.

Prior to the construction of the Katrina Memorial mausoleums the cemetery was one of the few graveyards in the region in which all bodies were buried underground. Charity Hospital Cemetery in one of the most historically significant yet least known among New Orleans famous cities of the dead.


This memorial honors those who perished as a result of Hurricane Katrina, which struck on August 29. 2005. This storm led to the greatest natural and man-made disaster in our nation's history.

This memorial provides a final resting place for those whose bodies remain unidentified and unclaimed. May they have eternal peace.

It also serves as a tribute to survivors and their work to rebuild New Orleans and their lives. Together we are creating a stronger, smarter and better New Orleans than ever before.
HM NumberHM1MV8
Placed ByCity Of New Orleans
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, August 14th, 2015 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15R E 778789 N 3320178
Decimal Degrees29.98085000, -90.11060000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 29° 58.851', W 90° 6.636'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds29° 58' 51.06" N, 90° 6' 38.16" W
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Area Code(s)504
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5060 Canal St, New Orleans LA 70119, US
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