Sleeping By The Bayou

Sleeping by the Bayou explores the ten cemeteries of St Bernard Parish. The cemeteries show the rich history and the current state of the parish. The cemeteries have faced maintenance challenges with changes in death culture and climate change.

The cemeteries include the defunct True Love Cemetery, a former cemetery for the enslaved people of the Sebastopol Plantation; Saint Bernard Catholic Cemetery, which started two years before cemeteries in New Orleans; the defunct E.E. Matt Pet Cemetery; and the First Baptist Church of Verrettville Cemetery, run by the direct descendant of the Rev Samual Smith who founded the cemetery in the 1870s. The project shares the numerous visual delights of walking around cemeteries. In addition to photographs, there are flower poundings from discarded bouquets and grave rubbings.

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