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FEMA Section 106 Notices for Louisiana
Comment on "Public Notice Regarding Section 106 and NEPA Review of the City of New Orleans’ Proposal to Demolish the Sexton Cottages/Maintenance Buildings at Holt Cemetery, Lafayette No. 1 Cemetery, Lafayette No. 2 Cemetery, and Carrollton No. 1 Cemetery, New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA - Seeking Public Comment

See Addendum Update of April 26, 2013"

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Name: Marie Helena Chinappi
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Sexton Cottages
Comments: New Orleans is celebrated for its cultural heritage, which includes its architecture and the unique way its landscape and collective history have intersected in its cemeteries. On their own, the city's cemeteries are historically significant, and their protection and preservation are important to locals and visitors alike, as well as the families of those buried within their boundaries.

The Sexton Cottages are a contributing part of the four cemeteries listed in this public notice; to demolish them is to destroy part of these cemeteries. But perhaps most important of all, their demolition risks disturbing the grounds immediately surrounding them. Besides being archaeologically sensitive, this land is the site of human burials.

It's not necessary to demolish the Sexton Cottages, and I don't believe that all alternative options have been exhaustively considered. Once destroyed, they are gone forever. In a city famed for its cemeteries and their lore and legend, these structures should be respected as part of the whole.