Historic Spillway cemeteries contain bodies of Civil War veterans, Corps officials say
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers held a meeting last week to determine how to proceed in managing the Kenner and Kugler cemeteries, which appear to date from the early 1800s to 1928 and once adjoined two sugar plantations.
The cemeteries were originally established as burial places for slaves, according to the Corps. About 300 people are buried there, including Civil War Union Army veterans, in below-ground wooden coffins that originally had wooden, stone and iron markers.
At present, the sites are indistinguishable from the surrounding landscape, but site improvements planned for later this year will provide recognition and public access. Both sites were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.
The renovations include landscape and access improvements, planting trees and adding concrete boundary markers. Outdoor interpretive panels will be placed on the site with a history booklet focused on the people who lived in the area.
The plan also includes reburial of Kenner Cemetery remains that were inadvertently disinterred in 1975. About 52 bones and fragments from at least five individuals were disturbed. According to a presentation at the meeting, the consensus of the descendents of those buried in the cemetery was that the remains be reburied with a ceremony; the bones are currently in archeological storage.
The Corps proposed to rebury the remains in a wooden casket adjacent to the Kenner Cemetery with a marker and non-denominational ceremony, tentatively scheduled for fall of this year.
Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed plan can call 1(877)427-0345 or email BonnetCarre@usace.army.mil.
Subscribe Today and Save!!!
St. Charles Herald-Guide is an award-winning newspaper that covers all aspects of St. Charles Parish - from schools and parish government news to social events, features on our local residents and sports.
Order your subscription today!
The St. Charles Parish Toy Drive delivered a day of games, food, toys and plenty of...
The flu vaccine may not be as effective against this season’s most dominant strain...
Officials in St. Charles Parish defend their own restrictions on pit bulls after...
A $5 million renovation of St. Charles Catholic High School will feature a memorial...
The Destrehan Lady Cats throttled H.L. Bourgeois and knocked off East St. John to...
Police have released surveillance footage of a vehicle sought in connection with a...
At Saia Auto Consultants, our ultimate goal is to get you the highest quality vehicle for your money.
New exercise equipment coming to bridge parks - 776 views
New fitness stations that will include bench presses, leg presses, elliptical trainers and rowing machines will be built at both of St. Charles Parish’s bridge parks.