Congo Square is, for many, the site that inspires the most fantastical images of enslaved life in New Orleans. From the 1840s to the 1880s, intellectuals and artists like George Washington Cable, Louis Gottschalk, and Lafcadio Hearn brought Congo…

In 1947, the Seventh District Carnival Club, originally formed in 1924, returned to parading after a hiatus during World War II. The club changed its name to the Krewe of Carrollton and also changed its Mardi Gras parade route to include Carrollton…

Palmer Park, despite its status as a public space, has faced much resistance from nearby residents in allowing sports and recreation in the space. An effort to convert the park into a baseball field for the PSAL youth baseball league was defeated in…

In 1831, the McCarty Plantation, located upriver from the central hub of New Orleans, was bought by investors including the New Orleans Canal and Banking Company and Senator John Slidell. Two years later the property was subdivided into squares and…

The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) is a media-arts non-profit organization that promotes the work of local independent filmmakers and film workers in the New Orleans area. Founded in 1972, it is the longest-running organization of its kind…

Food vendors made their way into every neighborhood of the city. Interviews recorded by filmmaker Karen Snyder with elderly New Orleanians in the early 1980s captured stories of commercial life on the city streets in the 1910s and 20s. Over-ripe…

The Carrollton Court House, built more than 150 years ago, has a fascinating legal history. Carrollton was incorporated as a city on March 10, 1845. In 1852, the neighboring town of Lafayette, which had been the seat of government for Jefferson…

According to Al Kleindienst, after selling their family's Club Forest to the Mills brothers, Al Schorling and Carlos Marcello, the O'Dwyers opened a club at 100 Jefferson Highway in 1949 called "O'Dwyer's." "It was a way of life in new Orleans.…

Al Kleindienst explained that he met a Dakin Street club owner because the owner would frequent the Kleindienst bakery. Al asked the man why he was always buying so many birthday cakes, and the owner explained that "if he was informed that they was…