Streetcar Historian Michael Mizell-Nelson

Stop 9 of 9 in the Streetcars and their Historian Michael Mizell-Nelson tour

Michael Mizell-Nelson was a historian of the streetcar, exploring the labor history and publicizing the connection of streetcar strikes to the creation of the Po Boy Sandwich, examining streetcar segregation and integration, documenting the women transit operators during World War II, and explaining their rise and demise. His 1995 documentary Streetcar Stories, exploring their cultural history, was aired on over 100 PBS affiliate nationwide.

Both of the featured clips are excerpts from interviews he did for Poppy Tooker's NPR radio show Louisiana Eats. In the first, he discusses the history of the streetcar, including who used the streetcars--with a focus on domestic workers--and the issue of segregation.

In the second he discusses the food history of streetcars including their connection to the creation of the Po Boy, mini markets on the streetcars themselves, the banning of crayfish, and motormen's meals with their families.


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Kevin McQueeney, “Streetcar Historian Michael Mizell-Nelson,” New Orleans Historical, accessed July 26, 2017,
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