Magnolia Cemetery (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

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Magnolia Cemetery
Magnolia Cemetery BR.jpg
Entrance to Magnolia Cemetery
Location Baton Rouge, Louisiana  United States
Coordinates 30°27′04″N 91°10′04″W / 30.45098°N 91.16764°W / 30.45098; -91.16764Coordinates: 30°27′04″N 91°10′04″W / 30.45098°N 91.16764°W / 30.45098; -91.16764
Area 10 acres (40,000 m2)
Built 1852
NRHP reference # 85000161
Added to NRHP 1985

Magnolia Cemetery is a 10-acre (40,000 m2) cemetery in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


The cemetery is located at 422 North 19th Street and is bordered on the north by Main Street and on the south by Florida Boulevard.[1] The west and east sides are bordered by 19th Street and 22nd Street, respectively. The land for the cemetery was purchased from John Christian Buhler, Jr, in August 1852. The cemetery was the site of intense fighting during the Battle of Baton Rouge on August 5, 1862;[2] a commemorative ceremony is held at the cemetery each August.[1] It was turned over to the city of Baton Rouge in 1947 and is now administered by the Recreation and Park Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge (BREC). Magnolia Cemetery has been designated a National Historic Site.

Notable burials[edit]

This cemetery was the main burial site for most prominent citizens of Baton Rouge, white and African-American, from 1852 to the 1950s and burials continue to the present. Among the more noteworthy persons buried here are 6th District Congressman Edward White Robertson (1823-1887) and his son Congressman Samuel Matthews Robertson (1852-1911), John Hill (1824-1910), 5th District Congressman William Brainerd Spencer (1835-1882), novelist Lyle Saxon (1891–1946), State Senator Douglas Cullum Montan (1834-1896), the Whig politician James M. Elam and his son James Essex Elam, four-time Mayor of Baton Rouge, former Register of State Lands Ellen Bryan Moore, and Cecil Morgan, the state representative who moved to impeach Huey Pierce Long, Jr.

Magnolia Cemetery has been a Baton Rouge Cemetery since 1852

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Magnolia Cemetery". Park and Recreation Commission for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 
  2. ^ "Baton Rouge, Magnolia Cemetery, Civil War Louisiana". American Civil War. Retrieved 2009-05-23. 

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