4 thoughts on “A very old and unusual cemetery in Shreveport, LA”

  1. Our son lives in Shreveport. Hoping to move there one day. Found this very interesting. We are in NW Ohio and I just cleaned up three family stones that had the black lichens covering them. Might be algae, I forget which is which, but I know it's common.

  2. Thanks for stopping through my town That is a very interesting cemetery. I went in the 80!s to help clean and polish the place.

  3. The old headstones in some climates usually get covered in black algae. Northern Louisiana doesn't experience earthquakes so the crumbling shown in this old cemetery is usually a matter of local government budgets having insufficient funds to do much more than keep the grounds mowed. As time passes, kin folk of those buried in these cemeteries move to other locations. After decades there may be no one living locally, or even living, who knows those buried. The result is no private upkeep around the grave sites and no cleaning of headstones which causes even faster deterioration. The responsibility then falls on local government who have to give highest budget priorities to those living in the area and their needs. Occasionally, civic groups will volunteer to go through old cemeteries and try to restore the most damaged grave sites. What I dislike seeing is old cemeteries that are all grown up with vegetation to the point you can pass by without realizing that the final resting place of many who came before is within feet of you.

  4. I've been hearing the Red Granite is now being used instead of Cement. Red Granite could withstand temperatures changes last longer then the old traditional Cement Tombstones. Nice Old Cemetery!

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