NEW ORLEANS (AP) — There is no even ground in Holt Cemetery.
Every inch of the potter's field, resting in the shadow of live oaks and Delgado Community College, has been hollowed by generations of New Orleans' poor burying their dead.
Headstones range from professionally carved to hand-scrawled. Bones often poke through the dirt. Graves are marked by ramshackle wooden frames, molding teddy bears, broken flowers or nothing at all.
Now, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration is launching a $450,000 renovation.
The Times-Picayune reports (http://bit.ly/184aqRm ) repairs to Holt are the first step in a broader $2.8 million campaign to upgrade seven city-owned cemeteries. The others are Lafayette 1, Lafayette 2, Valence, Carrollton 1, Carrollton 2 and the Indigent Cemetery.
Work is scheduled to begin in September and wrap up by May 2014.
Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com