During January 2011, Dr. Shannon Dawdy of the University of Chicago and archaeologist D. Ryan Gray, then a graduate student at U of C, were contacted by a property owner concerned that development of a property on the block formerly occupied by the…

Founded in 1841, St. Augustine is the oldest African-American parish in the United States. The church was founded by free people of color, who purchased additional pews for the enslaved. Civil Rights activists Homer Plessy and A.P. Tureaud,were…

Interview with Saint Roch Cemetery sexant Albert Hattier excerpted from the video documentary View From the Stoop. Independent filmmaker Karen Snyder produced the film in the early 1980s after the late University of New Orleans historian Joe Logsdon…

An 1848 city legislature act allowed the Catholic wardens to establish a new cemetery. Land along Bayou St. John, purchased from Evariste Blanc for $15,000, became St. Louis Cemetery #3. The cemetery opened in 1854. The original plans for the…

1777 marked the birth of Louis Allard, son and heir of the affluent Creole family of Francoise Lorreins and Jean Allard. One narrative of Louis Allard's life said he was "destined to be an active citizen of the bayou for the next seventy years." …