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Groundbreaking for New Mausoleum at Mount Olivet Cemetery

Featured from left to right: Dignity Memorial New Orleans Market Director Huey Campbell, Mount Olivet General Manager Al Delaney, New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Perry Sholes, City Councilmember Eugene J. Green Jr., New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Ashley Hilsman, Mount Olivet Sales Manager Dewanna McKinley. Image courtesy of The Ehrhardt Group / Capture Studio Photography.

City officials and community members attended the August 22nd event at Gentilly cemetery property.

NEW ORLEANSMount Olivet Cemetery, a Dignity Memorial® provider, held a groundbreaking ceremony on August 22 for a new 3200-casket space mausoleum. The addition will help accommodate the growing number of families Mount Olivet serves at its 4000 Norman Mayer Avenue location in New Orleans.

City Councilmember Eugene J. Green Jr. attended the groundbreaking alongside New Orleans Regional Black Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Perry Sholes and New Orleans Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Ashley Hilsman.

“We were thrilled to have our community partners join us to celebrate the beginning of this project,” said Mount Olivet General Manager Al Delaney. “We’ve always worked closely with each of our families to accommodate their wishes, and this new facility will allow us to provide more options for more people.”

Service Corporation International (SCI), owner of seven Dignity Memorial funeral homes and cemeteries in the greater New Orleans region, invested $5.7 million to build the new mausoleum on Mount Olivet’s Gentilly property. A mere four acres in size, Mount Olivet averages 450-500 funeral services each year, including traditional New Orleans jazz funerals, and serves families of all beliefs and faith backgrounds.

Mount Olivet was established in 1918 to serve New Orleans’ African American and Creole communities and is still the only cemetery in the Mid-City area that caters to those populations. Located behind Dillard University, it is home to many famous musicians, business professionals, educators, doctors and religious figures who made their mark on the New Orleans community and beyond.

To learn more about Mount Olivet Cemetery’s history and services, click here.

About Mount Olivet Cemetery
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