A Tombstone Reference

In New Orleans’ Metairie Cemetery, there’s a tombstone with a strange inscription. It wasn’t a witty verse or even an inspirational quote. Instead, it only contained this odd line, “See Louisiana Reports, 1905, Page 39.” The tomb belongs to a lady who was lost at sea, but the Louisiana Supreme Court instructed her will executors to build the tomb regardless.

Her executors vehemently objected but the Supreme Court overruled their objection. So, in the end, they had no choice but to follow the court ruling. Nonetheless, the executors had the last word as they had the grave marked in such a way to show exactly why it was erected.


The Des Moines Register, January 24, 1954


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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11 Responses to A Tombstone Reference

  1. That’s wild. Wow.

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  2. This really is a fun fact!

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  3. John says:

    Very odd to “bury” a person without a body. A grave is supposed to be a place to honor the person who is buried there.

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  4. Roadtirement says:

    NOLA cemeteries are, well, fascinating. Nice find here….

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  5. masercot says:

    Kind of mean-spirited…

    Liked by 4 people

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