New Orleans Heritage Sites

New Orleans Heritage Sites

Amidst French, Spanish, British and American rule, plus slavery, African music, Native American and European music forming a complex mixture of cultures since 1700, New Orleans heritage sites are the foundation of what most people love about the Big Easy. Until you visit these sites, you can’t fully appreciate America’s most soulful city.

Congo Square
DESCRIPTION: Beginning in the 1700s, enslaved people met there on Sundays to participate in traditional African music, songs and dance; as many 600 people at a time would join in for a soulful Gospel and Blues outpouring; many believe that Jazz was formed here formation, when classical music trained Creoles met with freed slaves who sang the Blues, sparking a new improvisational genre of music; Armstrong Park
ADDRESS: North Rampart and St Ann Streets, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on street

French Market
DESCRIPTION: This landmark tourist attraction is a shoppers favorite today, it was designed by a free man of color, Joseph Abeilard. In the 1700s free persons of color, enslaved people, whites and American Indians all traded good goods here. In a multi-million dollar renovation in the 1970s restored the vibrancy to this marketplace. There’s still a farmers market among the gift shops and cafes.
ADDRESS: French Market Place at Ursulines, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on street

U.S. Customs House
DESCRIPTION: The old custom house was built by African Americans; it was considered a relatively safe place for free people of color to conduct business during the Reconstruction Period (1865-1977).
ADDRESS: 423 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: lots and garages nearby

Flint-Goodridge Hospital
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1911 and managed by Dillard University; this 88-bed institution was one of only two medical facilities that cared for Black patients in New Orleans; in the 1930s it was the only medical school for African Americans in Louisiana; at one time it had 29 African American doctors on staff
ADDRESS: Louisiana at LaSalle Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on street

Knights of Peter Claver National Headquarters
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1909 a as predominantly Creole Catholic fraternal organization; the original building at this site served as the local headquarters for the Urban League, NAACP and other civil rights organizations before being replaced by this modern structure
ADDRESS: 1825 Orleans Avenue, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on street
PHONE: 504-821-4225

St. Louis Cemetery #3
DESCRIPTION: Set aside for African American Catholics; Marie Laveau, Oscar J. Dunn, members of the Sisters of the Holy Family, Arthur Esteves, Mayor Ernest “Dutch” Morial are buried here; most iron ornaments and tomb gates were fashioned by African-American artisans, many of whom are also buried in the cemetery; visits are conducted by the National Park Service daily, not nightly; when you call, ask when a funeral procession is scheduled, it may turn into a Jazz Funeral
ADDRESS: 3421 Esplanade Avenue, New Orleans, LA MAP
PARKING: on streets nearby
PHONE: 504-589-2636

St. Augustine Catholic Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1841 in, New Orleans; the mother church for nearly 100,000 African American Catholics in greater New Orleans
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 8a & 10a
ADDRESS: 1210 Governor Nicholls, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-525-5934
WEBSITE: http://www.staugustinecatholicchurch-neworleans.org

St. James AME Church
DESCRIPTION: This Victorian Gothic church traces its founding back to 1844 by a group of free persons of color; the church was founded when several members were mistreated at multi-racial congregation Wesley Chapel Church; Thomas Doughty was the first pastor; the present church was built in 1851 and remodeled in 1903
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 10a
ADDRESS: 222 North Roman Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-586-8381
WEBSITE: none

First African Baptist Church
DESCRIPTION: Founded in the 1830s; it is among the oldest continuous African American church congregation in Louisiana; the current edifice was built in the early 1900s
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 2216 3rd Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-895-1229
WEBSITE: none

First African Baptist Church – 6th District
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1894 by Rev. Solomon T. Clanton resulting from a split from the Austerlitz Street Baptist Church
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 3524 Lasalle Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-891-5069
WEBSITE: http://www.firstafrican6.org

St. Peter AME Church
DESCRIPTION: The oldest black congregation in New Orleans, its edifice was constructed in 1858 as the Jefferson City Methodist Episcopal Church, African-Americans were permitted to worship in Jefferson City ME until after the Civil War; in 1877, the white congregation sold the property to St. James AME Church, which had been organized in 1850. The church listed on the National Historic Landmark Register.
SUNDAY WORSHIP: 11a
ADDRESS: 1201 Cadiz Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-891-3488
WEBSITE: http://hisstpeterchurch.org‎

Voodoo Spiritual Temple
DESCRIPTION: Founded in 1990; Voodoo originates from the Fon word “Voudon”, which means “the power that is invisible”; Voodoo originated from West and Central African earth-based religions; a Priestess is onsite
SUNDAY WORSHIP: n.a.
ADDRESS: 828 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA MAP
PHONE: 504-522-9627
WEBSITE: http://www.voodoospiritualtemple.org

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