A. L. Davis Park, formerly Shakespeare Park

Stop 3 of 8 on the Modern Civil Rights in New Orleans tour

Civil Rights activists used African American purchasing power to press equality.

Formerly known as Shakespeare Park until 1979, this New Orleans urban park, located at the intersection of Washington and Lasalle streets, was the starting point of revolution and change. The Dryades Street Boycott was a result of black New Orleanians demanding recognition in the places that welcomed their money but not their employment. In order to take a stand, protestors boycotted stores on Dryades and marched. That march started at the park and ended at City Hall.

The park was initially a property of John McDonogh until the late 1850s. After the area experienced multiple name changes, in the late 1970s the park was named to honor the first African-American city council member, Reverend A. L. Davis. This park is located close to the New Zion Baptist Church, where Reverend Davis often preached.

This site continues to serve the community, hosting local events and serving as a space for collaboration, recreation, and celebration.


What kind of backwards society
Interview with Dr. Gerald Bodet from the University of New Orleans. ~ Source: Primary Source, Dr. Bodet ~ Creator: Jessica Jennings ~ Date: April 21, 2017
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