New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery was originally the grounds of a race track built in 1838. The oval outline of the race course can still be seen in the cemetery today. The ravages of the Civil War caused the race track to falter. The land was converted to a cemetery in 1872. The cemetery was designed by a Civil War veteran. Laid out in three main ovals, it is graced with oak trees and a lagoon.
Metairie Cemetery is the final resting place of many famous people including nine governors, seven mayors and three Confederate generals I visited the cemetery early in the morning and captured the angel seeming to “hush” the day. I titled it “ New Orleans Hush”.