Morials buy new family tomb, former mayor reburied
NEW ORLEANS - New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, has been reburied 25 years after his death.
The Morials bought a family tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 3.
It's about 2 miles from St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, where Morial was buried in 1989. The old tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."
Monday morning's ceremony was ecumenical. It included a blessing from Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond and prayers from a rabbi, a Muslim imam and a Baptist church's bishop emeritus.
Morial's seven grandchildren read from his biography and his widow, Sybil Haydel Morial, place a wreath. Ernest and Sybil Morial's five children, including former Mayor Marc Morial, attended.
IMAGE: New Orleans Public Library