‘Good Samaritans’, FEMA grants restoration of historic cemetery
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Thanks to a few “good Samaritans” and a grant from FEMA, some of the headstones and monuments in Old Rapides Cemetery that were damaged by Hurricane Laura in 2020 have been restored.
The cemetery is located on Hattie Street in Pineville, near the Gillis-Long Bridge, known as the Jackson Street Bridge, and dates back over 200 years, when the territory was under Spanish rule. The site is where the home of the first Spanish commander Etienne Marafet Layssard of El Rapido Post once stood.