June 24, 1973
25th Anniversary Memorial Service

The Upstairs Lounge at Iberville and Chartres Sts. was the site of the deadliest fire in New Orleans' history. Thirty-two victims died, numerous individuals were injured.

On Wednesday, June 24, 1998, members of the Gay and Gay friendly community meet together to remember and celebrate the lives of these victims. In 1973, only one member of the New Orleans' clergy, The Rev. William Richardson of St. George's Episcopal Church, was brave and GOD loving enough to immediately hold a service for the victims of this horriffic event and their families. Almost a week later, St. Mark's United Methodist Church allowed Rev. Perry to hold a memorial service. In 1998, representatives from varied religions and Christian denominations took part in the Memorial Service held at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Grand Ball Room. Gathering with the Gay community to celebrate the lives of those who perished were The Rev. Carole Cotton Winn, District Superintentant of the United Methodist Church, Senior Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn of Temple Sinai, Rev. Kay Thomas from Grace Fellowship in Christ Jesus, The Honorable Troy Carter, City Councilman, and thirty-two members of the New Orleans' community who represented the thirty-two persons who died in the fire.

The Rev. Troy Perry, founder of the Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Churches, rushed to New Orleans in 1973 to assist with the healing of a community. Rev. Perry returned to New Orleans to speak at the Memorial Service. He also held television and radio interviews to address the questions of the events surrounding the fire and the place of the Christian church in the Gay community.

New Orleans Councilman Troy Carter, District C, lead a Jazz Funeral to the site where flowers were placed for each of the 32 dead. A plaque will be place at the site at a later time.

Organizers of the event, The Rev. Dexter Brecht, Pastor of New Orleans' Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church and Toni J. P. Pizanie, Chair of The Mayor's Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, wish to thank those who supported the event.

The Names to be Remembered!

Partners, Joe William Bailey & Clarence Josephy McCloskey, Jr. perished together. McCloskey's sisters and two neices attended the Memorial Service. His neice, Susan, represented McCloskey in the Jazz Funeral.

Duane George "Mitch" Mitchell, assistance pastor at MCC, died trying to save his partner, Louis Horace Broussard.

Mrs. Willie Inez Warren died with her sons, Eddie Hosea Warren and James Curtis Warren.

Pastor of the MCC, Rev. William R. Larson, formerly a Methodist lay minister.

Dr. Perry Lane Waters, Jr., a Jefferson Parish dentist. Several victims were his patients and were identified by his x-rays.

Douglas Maxwell Williams

Leon Richard Maples, a visitor from Florida.

George Steven Matyi

Larry Stratton

Reginald Adams, Jr., MCC member, formerly a Jesuit Scholastic. Partner of entertainer Regina Adams.

James Walls Hambrick

Horace "Skip" Getchell, MCC member.

Joseph Henry Adams

Herbert Dean Cooley, Upstairs Lounge bartender and MCC member.

Professional pianist, David Stuart Gary.

Guy D. Anderson

Luther Boggs

Donald Walter Dunbar

John Thomas Golding, Sr., member of MCC Pastor's Advisory Group.

Professional linguist, Adam Roland Fontenot, survived by Douglas "Buddy" Rasmussen, who led a group to safety.

Gerald Hoyt Gordon

Kenneth Paul Harrington, Federal Government employee.

Glenn Richard "Dick" Green, Navy veteran.

Robert "Bob" Lumpkin

Four men were buried in Potter's Field, Ferris LeBlanc, Unknown White Male, Unknown White Male, Unknown White Male, the City refused to release these bodies to the MCC for burial.

The Names to be Thanked

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The Honorable Troy Carter, Councilman, District C

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Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church


Dexter Brecht

Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain

Charles Garrison

Paul Killgore

Donald St. Pierre & Robert Turner

Toni J. P. Pizanie

Robert Udick


Gulf Area Gender Alliance

Crystal Little

Mayor's Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Issues

Memorial Plaque

A Memorial Plaque Fund has been set-up through the Vieux Carre Metropolitan Community Church. Should you wish to donate to this fund, please make checks payable to VCMCC and note on the check that it is for Fire Memorial. Send donations to VCMCC, Attn: Rev. Dexter Brecht, 1128 St. Rock, New Orleans, LA 70117.

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