November 5th, 2021

This fall, locals can take guided walking tours through Lake Charles history and visit historic spots where time lies still. On Friday, November 5th, 2021, 5pm to 8pm, four Lake Charles cemeteries will be featured in a “Living History” Cemetery Tour where guests can hear stories of local iconic figures while visiting their final resting places.

Actors will dress in period attire and embody the lives of deceased historic figures from each of the four cemeteries. Guests will be guided throughout each cemetery as they listen to stories of the historic figures’ lives and their impacts on today’s Lake Charles. Larger-than-life figures such as trailblazer Judge Norma Holloway Johnson, Lake Charles Little Theatrefounder Rosa Hart, murderess Toni Jo Henry, and French aristocrat Michel Pithon, and others, will tell their life stories and their famed feats from their own perspectives.

Spirits

Sallier Cemetery

Judge Alfred M. Barbe
1878–1965

Michel Pithon
1774–1873

Zora Pithon
1867–1879

Clara Pujo Barbe
1845–1923

Combre Memorial Park

Octavia Gibson Taylor
1924–1997

Ralph C. Reynaud
1885–1969

Anonymous Hurricane Audrey Victim
????–1957

Judge Norma Holloway Johnson
1942–2015

Corporation Cemetery

Emma Avis
1846–1884

Albert Jessen
1814–1883

Judge David John Reid
1824–1881

Mathilde Veazey Reid
1824–1895

Ellen Claudia Lewis Wells
1839–1886

Ann Smart Collins
1851–1908

Bilbo Cemetery

Annie Beatrice McQuiston or “Toni Jo Henry”
1916–1942

Rosa Lucille Hart
1900–1964

Nancy Ann Bilbo Reeves
1808–1908

Robert P. Molden
1863–1921

Cemeteries

Try out our recommended route! You can visit the cemeteries in whatever order you like. This is only here for convenience!