As of the New Year, 2020, Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC will be changing!
I have owned Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC for more than five years now. In that time, I have been so fortunate to meet so many stakeholders, families, interested groups, and other people who care about the cemeteries in New Orleans and beyond. It has been the thrill of a lifetime, and the only thing that has ever disappointed has been my limitations on what I can do to help folks who just want their family resting place to be cared for.
Toward the end of 2019, I was offered the opportunity to make an even greater impact in how our cemeteries are preserved, maintained, and interpreted here in New Orleans. This opportunity will mean some changes to Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC, but I am hopeful it will open brand new doors to better preservation in New Orleans municipal cemeteries.
I have accepted the offer and have taken the position of Superintendent of Cemeteries for the City of New Orleans.
It is my sincere hope that the City’s newly-reinvigorated interest in the municipal cemeteries will give rise to an environment where even more companies like Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC can thrive. I hope that in the coming years tomb-owners will have many options for traditionally-trained masonry and preservation companies. One of my goals will be to support and mentor the cemetery preservationists of the future.
Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC will continue on in an amended capacity. I will keep up the blog and the research – there is more to write about every day and I intend to continue to feed that passion. Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC will be able to perform repair, restoration, and maintenance work in non-city-owned cemeteries both within and outside of New Orleans. As is the case for most official offices, the City cannot provide recommendations for contract work and my office will be no different; no exceptions will be made for Oak and Laurel.
For those of you who have family buried in the municipal cemeteries, I urge you to please consider me a resource in my new position. My job is to make sure you have the means and access to ensure you can be part of the history of your family resting place. My email is email@example.com and my office phone number is (504) 658-3672.
This is a new chapter for both the city-owned cemeteries (for which there has been no superintendent for several decades) and for me. It wouldn’t be possible without the passion of tomb owners who have worked so hard to benefit the interest of the historic cemeteries. Your advocacy for your ancestors has been so deeply humbling to me for so many years. Thank you for allowing me to be part of it.
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About the Author:
Emily Ford owns and operates Oak and Laurel Cemetery Preservation, LLC.