Yesterday dawned clear and relatively cool for New Orleans. There was a light breeze blowing, enough to keep most of the mosquitoes at bay in the cemetery. The mower man, the fellows who were to do the power washing and repainting of the tombs and the priest I'd invited to bless the cemetery at a rededication all were unable to participate due to funerals that required their presence. How ironic! The host of the "Dobards Only" Facebook group. Ahmad Dobard, brought his string trimmer, and Lloyd and I brought our neighbor Byron along.
Byron, it turns out, was a friend of Vin "Cuddy" Jackson, the only burial in the cemetery that we've not been able to confirm is somehow related to the Dobard family. Small world.
The four of us pitched in and made a difference. We trimmed, pulled weeds. picked up trash and hauled it away. Lloyd and I were there earlier in the week to install some white crosses on the unmarked graves; we marked the location of the formerly "lost" graves as well.
The mowing and tomb cleaning will be taking place in the next few days. I'll post new photos of the cemetery when that work is completed. (Click on the photos to enlarge.)
|Ahmad Dobard. The new copings can be seen in the background. The sinking old copings can also be seen.|
|The four graves behind the back row of tombs.|
|Lloyd is preparing to do a rubbing on a headstone that we thought might have some usable information leading to the identification of the grave's inhabitant. It did not.|
|Weeds and grass had overgrown several graves.|
|Here is another view of Wilkie Salvant's grave, with another, as yet unidentified grave behind it. I'm going to have to come back on a cloudy day to get better photos. The bright sun and shade made photography difficult.|
These are the new granite markers for the formerly "lost" graves. They came all the way from California. We are pleased with how they turned out. At present they are lying flat on the new cement coping. Next month the cement man, Keith Espadron, will raise them up at an angle, so they will be easier to read, and mount them permanently.
|We discovered Blanche's birth date after the stone was made. She was 18 years old when she died.|