Odd Fellows Cemeteries
In this very spooky episode, Sergio and Toby are joined by three members of Crescent City Lodge #73 in New Orleans, Louisiana: Eddie LeBoeuf III, Michael Duplantier, and Emily Ford. All three share a passion for preserving history. Emily is a professional cemetery restorationist, Michael has over thirty years' experience with caring for cemeteries in New Orleans, and Eddie is a dedicated Odd Fellow who has made great strides to rebuild Odd Fellowship in Louisiana. In this episode they share the stories of how they came together to form their lodge, how they use their talents to care for New Orleans' historic cemeteries, some of the challenges of caring for the Odd Fellows' Rest, and some guidelines for any lodge that would like to take on the challenge of cemetery restoration. Along the way we learn about the massive parade to dedicate the Odd Fellows' Rest, the city's attempt to buy and bulldoze the cemetery, a cautionary tale from the Odd Fellows' cemetery in San Francisco, and what happened to the burial records for their cemetery.