Aerial photograph of the Lower Ninth Ward near the 1950s-'60s Lamanche Street Locus at the former Temple of Innocent Blood.


This file appears in: The Lower Ninth Ward: Community and Placemaking
Aerial photograph of the Lower Ninth Ward near the 1950s-'60s Lamanche Street Locus at the former Temple of Innocent Blood.

Preceding the 1950s-1960s cache of artifacts, the area surrounding the Temple of the Innocent Blood was still considered a more isolated part of New Orleans. The ‘bucolic’ Lower Ninth Ward provided an opportunity to purchase relatively affordable land and property in relation to other parts of the city. Houses were described as being built from the ground up, and passed down through generations of family members. While substantially inhabited by lower income and working class people, the lower ninth ward was a diverse community consisting of Black, Italian, and Irish families.


This file appears in: The Lower Ninth Ward: Community and Placemaking