Tuesday, December 28, 2010

What's New in Louisiana Cemetery Preservation?

Louisiana Historic Cemetery Preservation Act 2010
This act was signed by the Governor of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal, on June 29, 2010.  This Act. 707 (HB 527) can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Louisiana Legislature Web Portal at the following URL:

The Act covers cemeteries that are unknown in Louisiana that are 50 years of age or older and includes isolated graves or grave sites in addition to cemeteries no longer in active use which are NOT governed under the Louisiana Cemetery Board and who are not currently under state jurisdiction.  The Act defines an "abandoned cemetery" and "historic cemetery" and law pertaining to the discovery of a grave.

You may read PDF files of the Act here. This Act mandates:
Any person who has reason to believe he has discovered a historic
cemetery or an isolated grave shall notify the department through the division within
seventy-two hours of the discovery.
A PDF contact list for Louisiana Cemetery Preservation can be found here.