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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: Catherine Barrier
City: New Orleans, LA
Specific
property
affected:
Sexton Cottages, various Cemeteries, New Orleans
Comments: The extant sexton cottages of New Orleans' historic cemeteries are important for more than their architecture. Their most significant role is their contribution to the integrity of the cemetery as a whole, not merely the way one tomb out of many contributes, but rather as an invaluable record to the performance of death rituals and the maintenance and role of the cemetery in New Orleans' unique cultural landscape. Demolition of a sexton cottage strips a highly significant element of the history context from its cemetery, depriving visitors and later historians, archeologists, and others the ability to form a complete picture of historic mortuary practices. While these may seem to be small, unassuming, ill-kept shacks at first glance, in reality they are of great importance. Given their size and simplicity of construction, rehabilitation of the sexton cottages should not be so expensive as to overshadow this historic significance. I therefore urge FEMA to rethink this potential adverse effect on critical historic resources which could so easily be preserved, and whose loss could never be fully mitigated.