Morials Have New Family Tomb, Will Rebury Former Mayor
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans' first black mayor, Ernest "Dutch" Morial, is being reburied 25 years after his death.
The Morials have 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. That tomb, in the city's oldest cemetery, is inscribed with his slogan, "Keep the drive alive."
The Monday morning ceremony will be ecumenical. A news release says it will include 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 will read from his biography and his widow, Sybil Haydel Morial, will place a wreath. Ernest and Sybil Morial's five children, including former Mayor Marc Morial, will be there.