Memorial Cemetery is the final resting place for well over 3,000 people. Most grave markers were wooden crosses which have rotted away leaving most graves unmarked. The oldest grave is of Louis Le Clere and is dated 1796. The newest interment is dated 15 years after the cemetery was officially closed in 1882.
Odile Valle wished to be buried with her prominent husband, Felix Valle. In exchange she donated land for the new cemetery and an enormous sum for the construction of the new brick Catholic Church. The oldest part of the cemetery is the middle third. This section was for Catholics. As other faiths came to the territory, another section was added up hill. This is where victims of a steamship explosion are buried, as are Native Americans. Some African slaves are buried there as well, while others lay at peace in their master’s plot. When it became apparent that more room was needed, another parcel was added downhill from the original. Finally, Memorial Cemetery reached capacity and became a health hazard. Burials after May of 1882 were in the new Valle Spring Cemetery for Catholics and Crestlawn Cemetery for others.