Metairie Cemetery is a memorial park in New Orleans, Louisiana. The cemetery, contrary to popular belief, is actually located on Metairie Road, hence the name, and not in Metairie, Louisiana.
Metairie Cemetery stands on a site that used to be a horse-racing track. It was founded in 1838. The track was named Metairie Race Course, and it was where the well-known Lexington-Lecomte Race was held in April 1, 1854. The race was called ?the North and South race,? and the event was graced by Millard Filmore, the former president of the United States. The race track was converted into a cemetery when it went bankrupt after the Civil War.
In Metairie Cemetery, visitors can set their sights on the vast collection of intricate marble tombs and funeral statues. The Army of Tennessee, Louisiana Division, is one of the most popular monuments in the cemetery. This monument is the tomb of Confederate soldiers from the Civil War, and it also includes two sculptures done by the renowned Alexander Doyle.
The Metairie Cemetery also has other distinguished monuments. There is the pseudo-Egyptian pyramid. There is the monument of Josie Arlington, the madam from Storyville. Then there is the tomb of David Hennessy, the police chief from the nineteenth century whose death triggered a riot.
Metairie Cemetery, aside from its elaborate architecture, serves as the final resting place of various celebrities and personalities. Some famous people buried in the cemetery are Algernon Sidney Badger, Marguerite Clark, Al Copeland, Dorothy Dix, and Stan Rice.