Finding Yourself Through
Service to Others
This community is responsible for the development of most of New Orleans’ culture (the Second Line, Black Brass bands & Mardi Gras Indian traditions). Central City later gave birth to world renowned musical personalities such as Louis Armstrong, Buddy Bolden, Jelly Roll Martin, Sidney Bechet, Kid Ory, Joe King Oliver, Professor Longhair, gospel/negro spiritual icon, Mahalia Jackson, and many more. The Tour will pass by some of the historic, but humble, homes of these musicians & also culturally important sites.
*the 2nd oldest African American church in New Orleans. Constructed in the early 1830’s, First Street United Methodist Church opened its doors in 1833 to a congregation of African slaves and free people of color. The Methodist church, during that time period, was an internationally acclaimed Christian denomination that opposed slavery.
*New Zion Baptist Church, established in 1921, is the site of the 2nd founding convention of the national Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the preeminent civil rights organization headed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King spoke at that 1957 convention.
*the historic but Katrina damaged Wesley United Methodist Church (formerly, the 3rd oldest African-American church in New Orleans), which has been a symbol of the struggles for human rights in New Orleans for 176 years (anti-slavery abolitionist movement; the fights against Jim Crow; lynching protests; the 20th century Civil Rights struggles).
*The First African Baptist Church, established in 1817, is Louisiana’s (& New Orleans’) oldest African American church.
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