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?
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.