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Of the Beaten Path Tours by Sakura Kone Things to know: Tours last approximately 4 hours. Available during daylight hours only. You must have your own transportation with one seat available for your guide. Questions? Contact our volunteer manager:          (504)233-8883

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Off the Beaten Path is a social justice community excursion. With national and city landmarks as the background, this tour covers such varied topics as the origins of jazz, the Mardi Gras Indians, slavery and other social ills and injustices from early America to the present, historic failures of the levy system in 1927, 1965, and 2005, Hurricane Katrina and the aftermath. It also covers current problems that face the city such as gentrification, resident displacement, and the erosion of a neighborhood's physical and cultural fabric. Four of New Orleans’ historic communities are toured while focusing on the socio-economic, political and cultural significance of each.
Central City: The source of much of the unique New Orleans culture such as the Second Line, Black Brass bands, & Mardi Gras Indian traditions. Central City has been the cradle for 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. Midcity & CBD: Home of city landmark Charity Hospital (still closed to this day), the notorious Orleans Parish Prison, and the Lafitte Public Housing complex. All sites of incidents during and after Katrina where the city government found itself at odds with it the city residents. The Treme: A by-word for for this city's most fragile history and the fight to preserve it. Highlights include St. Augustine Catholic Church, the legendary Congo Square, the Sidney Bechet memorial, and Perseverance Hall Masonic Temple. The Lower 9th Ward: Once the most densely populated part of New Orleans, this was probably the most devastated community both by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Betsy in 1965. The Lower 9th became a national laboratory for ideas on disaster recovery, the successes and failures of which are just becoming apparent and can be compared, sometimes side-by-side. Which is which, however, remains a deeply contested matter. Location include the site of the 9th Ward levee breach, the Lower 9th Ward Village, the Make it Right Foundation houses, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. School, and Fat's Domino's house.


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