Old Lorimier Cemetery

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Old Lorimier Cemetery
Dedicatory plaque at the Old Lorimier Cemetery
Old Lorimier Cemetery is located in Missouri
Old Lorimier Cemetery
Location 500 N. Fountain, Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Coordinates 37°18′43″N 89°31′13″W / 37.31194°N 89.52028°W / 37.31194; -89.52028
Area 5 acres (2.0 ha)
Built 1808 (1808)
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 05001091[1]
Added to NRHP September 28, 2005

The Old Lorimier Cemetery in Cape Girardeau, Missouri was established in 1808 by Louis Lorimier. The cemetery is located at 500 North Fountain Street. There are believed to be more than 6,500 graves in the cemetery, most of them unmarked. A sidewalk serves as a north – south dividing line in the cemetery. It is said that Catholics are buried on the south and Protestants are buried on the north. The east slope is believed to be the burial grounds of African-American persons. It has been recorded that as many as 1,200 soldiers from the Civil War were buried there.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 

Coordinates: 37°18′39″N 89°31′15″W / 37.31082°N 89.52097°W / 37.31082; -89.52097