The St. Patrick Cemeteries were established in 1841 by the parish of St. Patrick’s Church, located on Camp Street in today’s Central Business District. Catholic Irish immigrants formed the parish in 1833 and they began worshiping out of a small wood frame church on the site of the current building. In the late 1830s, with an ever-growing congregation, administrators hired architects Charles and James Dakin to construct the present building, which was completed by prominent local architect James Gallier in 1840 after problems with the foundation were uncovered.
With the new church constructed, the vestry of St. Patrick’s purchased the land for the cemeteries on the naturally high ground of Metairie Ridge in 1841 from Gabriel Jason (c. 1817-1860), and shortly thereafter received permission to form a cemetery there from the city council of New Orleans. Due to the layout of the site, with Canal Street and City Park Avenue dividing the parcel, the cemetery was separated into three distinct sections known as St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1, 2, and 3.
St. Patrick Cemetery No. 2 and 3 follow a more formal layout, are marked by above-ground tombs, and reflect the changing demographics of the St. Patrick congregation over time, with a number of English, French, and Italian surnames represented.
In 1909, the City of New Orleans sought to widen Canal Street and they requested to purchase 34 feet of the front of St. Patrick Cemetery Nos. 1 and 2. In 1911, the deal went through and though no tombs or burials were disturbed during the project the sexton’s house did have to be relocated.
In January of 1917, donated Stations of the Cross were installed in locations within the cemeteries that were visible from Canal Street and City Park Avenue. The Pietà in St. Patrick Cemetery No. 2 and the large altar featuring a crucifix at the rear of St. Patrick Cemetery No. 3, memorializing Domenick Carra, were both erected by Father Raymond Carra pastor of St. Patrick’s Church, during the 1910s or early 1920s.
The newest additions to the St. Patrick Cemeteries include the Holy Innocents Prayer Garden in St. Patrick Cemetery No. 1 and the Queen of All Saints Cremation Garden in St. Patrick Cemetery No. 2. In 2018, the Holy Innocents Prayer Garden was dedicated for parents who have lost an unborn child through abortion, miscarriage, or stillbirth. The Queen of All Saints Cremation Garden was dedicated in 2019 and features 630 single and double niches designed for the interment of cremated remains within a verdant half-acre of garden space marked by columbaria and statuary.
There are 79 veterans buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
96% of which are war veterans.
5 Died While In Service
1 Killed In Action in the Civil War
2 Killed In Action in World War I
1 Killed In Action in World War II
1 Died Non Battle
2 Veterans of World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War
1 Veteran of World War II, Korean War
4 Veterans of the Civil War
1 Veteran of the Spanish American War
24 Veterans of World War I
42 Veterans of World War II
7 Veterans of the Korean War
3 Veterans of the Vietnam War
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There are 4 veterans that were Killed In Action and 1 veteran that died while in service buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are 2 veterans that was involved in three wars buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There is 1 veteran that was involved in two wars buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are four veterans of the Civil War buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There is 1 veteran of the Spanish American War buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are 24 veterans of World War I buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are 42 veterans of World War II buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are 7 veterans of the Korean War buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.
There are 3 veterans of the Vietnam War buried in St Patrick Cemetery No 2.