We need your support, even if you are not a
New Orleans licensed tour guide or company.
In 2015, New Orleans Catholic Cemeteries (NOCC) unlawfully closed its cemeteries to the public. In late 2021, NOCC and Cemetery Tours NOLA LLC (CTN) have excluded all other licensed tour guides and companies from St. Louis Cemeteries Nos. 1 & 2. Only subject matter approved by NOCC in advance can be mentioned during the tour. The price is arbitrarily fixed by NOCC and CTN, without any free market competition. This month the City of New Orleans announced that they have been planning for a while to arbitrarily cut tour groups from 28 to 14, and only 7 in the city's public cemeteries. The city refuses to explain many aspects of these proposed changes, for example why they would let NOCC continue to have 20 person tour groups in its public cemeteries, 13 of which are in Orleans Parish.
We need your support, especially now that we and the general public are at risk of permanently losing our legal right to free and reasonable access to all public cemeteries in Louisiana. Our association and our friends are a united front to preserving the public's right to free and reasonable access to the city's historical cemeteries and our right to compete fairly in the cemetery tour industry and our industry's legal rights.
By registering here as our friend, you can show the City of New Orleans and the world that you support us. Please consider making a small donation to support our litigation against NOCC and CTN. Our law firm, DAVID W. NANCE LAW FIRM LLC, has donated a lot of time but needs help covering some of its time and the costs of litigation.
We have three main reasons to exist:
1) protect industry and public rights relating to public spaces,
2) advance industry and public education relating to tourism law, and
3) preserve public spaces to benefit society and lessen the burdens of government.