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Where is Louis Armstrong Buried?

Well, it being All Saints Day and all, well, it was actually the day after All Saints Day and we wanted to miss the crowds, my mom, sister, cousin and I drove to the Lake Lawn Cemetery in New Orleans to put some flowers at my dad’s and my aunt’s tomb.

Where is Louis Armstrong Buried?

Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong's ashes at Lake Lawn Cemetery New Orleans.

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong’s ashes at Lake Lawn Cemetery New Orleans.

Here in New Orleans most people are buried in tombs above ground. Something to do with an old tradition, and also supposedly since our ground water is so high folks did not like the idea of their relatives remains being soaked in ground water.

If you go to Spain you’ll see the same tradition there at least with the old graves. After we paid our respects we went over to the mausoleum to find my grandparents. We looked high and low and could never locate their tombs.

While I was strolling past these glass cases that are set up to hold ashes and memorabilia of the deceased, lo and behold I happened upon the ashes of Louis Armstrong set very innocently off to the side. No fanfare or big plaque, or arrows pointing to the place, just this little cubbyhole with a 45 record, a gold box for his ashes, a photo and a little nameplate that says Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong.

I had no idea that Satchmo was “buried” in New Orleans, and I doubt many New Orleanians realize that as well. I assumed that his remains were in Queens, New York where he lived out most of his life. Even though he travelled the world and was an international star his heart was always close to New Orleans where he honed his talent and his style in preparation to his life-long fame.

Here’s to ya, Satchmo. Read beans and ricely, yours.

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  • KYLE

    I REMEMBER THE DAY HE WAS BURIED, I WAS DRIVING THROUGH CORONA NY. THE FUNERAL CARS BLOCKED LOCAL TRAFFIC FOR AN HOUR. HE WAS BURIED A FEW MILES FROM HIS HOME IN CORONA. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU SAW IN NEW ORLEANS BUT YOU CAN SEE HIS GRAVE ON FINDA GRAVE.COM

  • Beth Richards

    He’s buried in Queens, NY. When New Orleans refused to let his integrated band play, he refused to have anything more to do with New Orleans, refusing to even be buried there. It soured him completely on the city, and he never forgave them.

  • Dirty Blond

    Actually, you can see his grave in NY, that contains most of his body. I have had his head in a bowling ball bag since 1976 in my garage though…



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