St. Raphael Cemetery

Known as one of Louisiana’s oldest cemeteries dating back to the 18th century.


Located just outside the small town of Bayou Goula on River Road, a wrought-iron sign declares the presence of St. Raphael Cemetery. In 1723 Raphael of Luxemburg came to establish Missions at French Posts and among Indians. He served as Vicar-General of Louisiana Colony under Bishop of Quebec and built the first St. Louis parish church and Catholic School in New Orleans. Thus began the foundation for the long Capuchin Administration in Louisiana. St. Raphael Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in the state, dating back to the 1800’s. It claims some of the most interesting and ornate tombs in the parish – traditional cemetery symbolism as well as the unusual abound. Today, it is the resting place of Iberville’s only native son to serve as governor of Louisiana, Paul O. Hebert. 

Wednesday: 12:00 am – 11:59 pm

  • Saint Raphael Cemetery, Plaquemine, LA
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  • (225) 772-7049
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