Published on Sep 16, 2013
Louisiana’s coastal cemeteries are a rich source of cultural history. Cemeteries can also provide valuable clues to the present and past identities of a community. Louisiana’s coast is under a great threat from coastal erosion and storm surge. As people are forced to move inland, cemeteries are left abandoned and are often overlooked as part of the cultural landscape. In terms of erosion, when the land goes, the cemetery goes with it. Or, the combination of coastal subsidence and sea level rise causes permanent inundation. A project funded by Louisiana Sea Grant seeks to record coastal cemetery data before they are lost to the forces of erosion and the Gulf of Mexico.