Ste. Genevieve’s Memorial Cemetery is thought to be Missouri’s oldest cemetery. Starting around 1787, it became the burial location for some of Missouri’s earliest pioneers, Missouri’s first United States Representative, Lewis Fields Linn, known as Missouri’s Model Senator, Native Americans, Slaves and Freed Black Americans, Germans, newly arrived Americans, and a mass grave for victims of an 1852 Steamboat explosion on the Mississippi. Inscriptions are found in French, German, and English. The cemetery was closed in 1880 due to lack of space for more additional burials.
The Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve has undertaken the restoration of this cemetery. In late October, they offered a lantern lit Spirit Reunion, where visitors can experience the stories of the famous and not so famous buried in the Restoration of Ste. Genevieve recounted by actors dressed in costumes.