Historic Magnolia Cemetery Commemorative and Heritage Education Event

The Trustees of Historic Magnolia Cemetery, an auxiliary of Preserve Louisiana, invite the public to attend the 34th Annual Commemorative Ceremony at Historic Magnolia Cemetery Saturday, August 5 at 9 a.m.  Students and families are encouraged to attend this free educational event.

In honor of the 1817-2017 Bicentennial Celebration, the yearly event will be enriched with educational displays and special guests sharing Baton Rouge and Louisiana’s history, archaeology, cultural, and architectural past.  The formal program begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at noon.  Chairs, tents and water will be provided and the set-up will be in a shaded area.     

The event is planned on the anniversary date of the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge which took place on the grounds of Historic Magnolia Cemetery in 1862. Historic Magnolia Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is located between Florida and Main Street.  Cars may enter at the 19th Street gate.  

Additionally, the event will feature a guest speaker, uniformed color guard, canon firings, wreath laying, musical performances and more.  B. J. Lorio, a member of the Trustees, will serve as Master of Ceremonies. This year’s new feature includes a gravesite walkthrough with signs for attendees to view the resting site of many prominent historical figures and Confederate soldiers.  At one time the brother-in-law of Abraham Lincoln was buried in the cemetery.  

Chip Landry, Chairman of the Trustees of Historic Magnolia Cemetery, invited  the Louisiana Department of Archaeology, period dress re-enactors, a special group that portrays the Federal Civil War Medical Corps, historian Robert Seale, the United Daughters of the Confederacy, historical map displays and Myrna Bergeron , local authority on “Good Mourning,” past practices revolving around death traditions.  

“The Bicentennial Year is the perfect opportunity to share our diverse history at this annual event,” Landry said.

In addition to the Trustees, BREC, and Rabenhorst Funeral Home are sponsors of this educational offering.  For further information contact Landry at cemetery1@cox.net or Carolyn Bennett at (225)-931-7561.