NEW ORLEANS, LA – In response to community feedback, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, has extended the deadline for community members and interested stakeholders to provide comments on the Corps’ proposed plan for long-term management of the Kenner and Kugler Cemeteries Archeological District through March 30, 2 012. These cemeteries are located within the Bonnet Carré Spillway project site in St. Charles Parish, La.
Conceptual images of the proposed landscaping plans and interpretive panels are currently available on the Corps’ website, <<www.mvn.usace.army.mil>>, and at the following locations;
· New Orleans Main Public Library, 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70112
· St. John the Baptist Public Library, 2920 New Highway 51, Laplace, LA 70068
· St. Charles Parish Public Library, 90 East Club Dr., St. Rose, LA 70087
· Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha C. Haley Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70113
· Southern University at New Orleans Library, 6801 Press Dr., New Orleans, LA 70126
The Kenner and Kugler Cemeteries Archeological District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The cemeteries were established prior to the Civil War as burial places for enslaved people of African descent from surrounding plantations. Documentation shows that African-American Civil War veterans of the Union Army were buried in the cemetery. The cemeteries were in use until 1928.
Long-term management of the cemeteries includes re-burial of the remains disturbed during the 1975 Bonnet Carré Spillway opening.The actions described in the plan constitute an undertaking that will be the subject of Section 106/110 consultation between the Corps an d the Louisiana State Historic Preservation Officer.
Through March 30, 2012 questions or comments about this project should be addressed to:
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
c/o Public Affairs
PO Box 60267
New Orleans, LA 70160-0267