Commissioned by Les Amis (“The Friends”) for The 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Saint Louis
The settlers in the French Colonial era left few physical traces, including the locations of their individual burial sites. The oldest burying grounds were East Bank locations, and most of those were washed away by major flooding along the same Mississippi River that brought the early explorers and settlers to that land. Early burying grounds on the West Bank, especially in St. Louis, were “washed away” by the forces of expanding population and changing economics. Identifying early burial grounds is now a difficult, controversial process.