Cryptic New Orleans: Cemetery Secrets & Symbols

By Kevin J. Bozant

Art & photography, Religion & spirituality | Paperback


Writer and photographer Kevin J. Bozant takes you on a haunting expedition to unearth the secrets of Cryptic New Orleans. Explore 30 above-ground cemeteries and discover a mysterious world of personal, religious, cultural and fraternal symbolism. Memorial art is celebrated in New Orleans with as much passion as it is neglected. Architecture and archeology converge within these tattered brick walls creating enigmatic landscapes filled with imposing family tombs and the abandoned mausolea of ancient societies. From Good Friday to All Saints’ Day, these cities of the dead are forever alive with genealogists, photographers, writers and tourists. This book will awaken the taphophile lurking within you and become a valuable cemetery field guide. Cryptic New Orleans: Cemetery Secrets and Symbols is generously illustrated with over 400 photographs, biblical and literary references, poignant epitaphs and the glorious art work of some of the most talented 19th century marble cutters in the world. The author identifies and describes each symbol and provides additional information regarding family names, dates and cemetery locations. Kevin has explored, studied and photographed every cemetery in the city of New Orleans for over 40 years. He knows where the bodies are buried.


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Writer and photographer Kevin J. Bozant takes you on a haunting expedition to unearth the secrets of Cryptic New Orleans. Explore 30 above-ground cemeteries and discover a mysterious world of personal, religious, cultural and fraternal symbolism. Memorial art is celebrated in New Orleans with as much passion as it is neglected. Architecture and archeology converge within these tattered brick walls creating enigmatic landscapes filled with imposing family tombs and the abandoned mausolea of ancient societies. From Good Friday to All Saints’ Day, these cities of the dead are forever alive with genealogists, photographers, writers and tourists. This book will awaken the taphophile lurking within you and become a valuable cemetery field guide. Cryptic New Orleans: Cemetery Secrets and Symbo...


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Kevin J. Bozant was born in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans – as luck would have it – just a few blocks from Huerstel’s Bar and Little Pete’s Seafood Restaurant. He is a life-long resident of the city. Kevin has walked, photographed and eaten his way through over a hundred unique neighborhoods in New Orleans. He is also a cemetery enthusiast, constantly exploring and documenting the cryptic symbols and haunting architecture of the "Cities of the Dead." Kevin is a local author, photographer and digital graphic designer for his publishing company, Po-Boy Press – New Orleans. He is working on his seventh book about the city.


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Kevin J. Bozant was born in the Upper 9th Ward of New Orleans – as luck would have it – just a few blocks from Huerstel’s Bar and Little Pete’s Seafood Restaurant. He is a life-long resident of the city. Kevin has walked, photographed and eaten his way through over a hundred unique neighborhoods in New Orleans. He is also a cemetery enthusiast, constantly exploring and documenting the cryptic...


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