Highland Cemetery, located just south of the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, LA, is the oldest surviving cemetery in East Baton Rouge Parish. The three earliest documented burials took place in 1813. Two important Revolutionary War veterans are buried here. Virtually abandoned after the turmoil of the Civil War, only two attempts to "clean her up" took place in the 1930's and the 1970's. Today, a group of volunteers through a non-profit group called "Historic Highland Cemetery, Inc" has been given permission by its owner, the Catholic Church to care for her. This group has commissioned an archaeologist to do a systematic study of the cemetery and to use that data to restore the cemetery to the most original condition possible in order to increase its chance of selection to the US National Register of Historic Places.
Thank you for visiting our Web site. Historic Highland Cemetery, Inc., the organization resposible for this website, is committed to researching, restoring and preserving this "piece of history." We are an IRS registered 501(3)(c) non-profit organization run by a volunteer board. We hope to be an example to anyone interested in saving and demanding respecting for any one of the literally hundreds of thousands of forgotten cemeteries throughout America.
We hope you enjoy your virtual tour through Highland Cemetery and our methods for caring for her!
The Dr. and Mrs. James A. Thom Family
The founder of our organization was Evelyn Boyd Martindale Thom who, with her family spearheaded the drive to save Highland Cemetery in 1968 and presented this historic jewel to its community for our nation's bicentenial birthday in 1976. For decades later, Evelyn continued to care for Highland through the development of our organization. Though she peacefully left this earth in 2011, the board chose to honor her with the permanent office of founder.