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The original cemetery used by the Acadian exiles was located at and immediately adjacent to the present church.  When construction of the present church was begun in 1875, the present cemetery had already been in use for some time.  Numerous remains were moved to the cemetery when the site of the church was being excavated and prepared for construction.  When sewer lines were being laid parallel to St. Vincent Street next to the church in 1932, human bones were uncovered several times.  Because of its concurrent history with the Church parish, Ascension Catholic Cemetery is the largest and among the oldest Catholic cemeteries in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.  Dr. Francois Marie Prevost, a native of Pont de Ce in southern France, and Parisian medical school graduate, established himself in Donaldsonville where he practiced medicine for almost 50 years.  Here he performed the second successful Caesarian Section in this country.  Dr. Prevost is buried in the cemetery.  Also here is the tomb of the original owners of Tezcuco Plantation, the Bringier family, and wherein is buried distinguished statesman Duncan Kenner, founder of the city of Kenner, Louisiana. 

Also notable by its size and prominence is the Landry tomb, the final resting-place of descendants of the original L’Andry Acadian exile land grant recipients.  Both Confederate and Union Army soldiers are buried here, inasmuch as the junction of the Mississippi River and then navigable Bayou Lafourche at Donaldsonville with its Fort Butler was a strategic army outpost during the Civil War.  Among recent major mprovements the cemetery saw in 2002 was the replacement of the old chain link fencing with a new permanent brick and wrought iron fence around the entire street-side perimeter of the cemetery.

FUNERALS/CHURCH CEMETERY: Families should contract the parish cemetery office before making final arrangements with the Funeral Home.    Contact Mr. Anthony Marcello between 8:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for cemetery business.  Click on the following links for the forms you need.

A Eucharistic Community Since 1772

 

 

 

716 Mississippi Street PO Box 508 Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346

225.473.3176 Fax 225.473.3256

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