Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Nominating Sweet Olive Cemetery: Baton Rouge's Oldest African American Cemetery and the Preservation Process of Urban Historic Cemeteries in Southeast Louisiana
by Mahoney, Anne Lucia, M.A., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2014, 122; 1557567
Abstract (Summary)

This Public History thesis examines the role that historic cemeteries play in preservation in urban southeast Louisiana by looking at their place on the National Register of Historic Places, analyzing three case studies of past preservation efforts, and narrating the history of a historic African American cemetery and nominating it for the National Register of Historic Places. In Chapters One and Two, I focus on the 1960s and 1970s National Register and specific preservation efforts for historic cemeteries. In Chapter Three I argue that historic cemeteries are important to local history, specifically the importance of Sweet Olive to the African American history of Baton Rouge, and I submitted a nomination for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. I collected newspapers, land records, and preservationist's papers to present a history of cemetery preservation in southeast Louisiana and prepared the nomination to be involved in its future.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Carriker, Robert
Commitee: Cauvin, Thomas
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: History
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: History, Modern history
Keywords: 1970's, Historic cemetery, National Register of Historic Places, Preservation, Public history, Southeast Louisiana
Publication Number: 1557567
ISBN: 9781303951220
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