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Jerome Smith, James Baldwin, and RFK

Jerome Smith was a young civil rights activist and Freedom Rider in 1963. Arthur Schlesinger, in his book on RFK, recalls that CORE described Smith as a young man beaten more than any other CORE worker at the time. Jerome Smith stood up to RFK It was no surprise to...

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Podcast #2 – “A Streetcar Named Desire”

This weekend is the annual Tennessee Williams Festival, and tomorrow will be the festival's "Stella" yelling contest, conjuring the spirit of "Streetcar Named Desire" in the streets of New Orleans. "Desire" was a metaphor to Williams, but the Desire streetcar line was...

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NOPSI on the Lakefront

Interesting design on a manhole cover installed by New Orleans Public Service, Inc. (NOPSI). It's in the parking lot at West End and Lakeshore Drive, right in the turn where the two streets come together. The design is one I've never seen before. You can see the N - O...

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Mapping the wreck of the USS Hatteras

USS Hatteras was originally a 126-ton side-wheel steamer that was purchased by the Union Navy early in the war. She was sent down to Florida, and the Gulf of Mexico, in November of 1861. After doing a bit of damage in and around Florida, Hatteras was assigned to the...

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Charleston Surrenders, 18-Feb-1865

Charleston, SC, surrenders to Union forces on this day in 1865 A lot of people have a difficult time understanding why the "Lost Cause" mythos has been treated as factual and taught as such in schools in Southern states for so long. People immediately point to...

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N.E. Saul’s Grocery, 1936

FSA photos this morning. Walker Evans photo of a grocery in New Orleans, 1936. (FSA collection at NYPL, in the Public Domain) Down the rabbit hole! Scott pointed out a photo to me this morning on NOLA History Guy that's part of the massive drop of images done last...

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Elmwood Plantation on River Road

"Ain't There No More" Restaurants Elmwood Planataion dated back to 1762. It was built by Nicholas Chauvin, for the first American governor of Louisiana, W.C.C. Claiborne. The two-story mansion was a fixture on the river, just above New Orleans. The house caught fire...

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Proteus Monday!

Happy Proteus Monday! While the rest of us think of today as "Lundi Gras", the staff at Antoine's Restaurant in the French Quarter tip their hats to Proteus, the "old-line" Carnival krewe that rolls on the day before Mardi Gras. Proteus was the only one of the...

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Carnival Costumes!

They just don't do krewe costumes like they used to. Krewes like Proteus used to parade, then go straight to their ball (in 1899, that would have been held at the French Opera House). The maskers wore their costumes for the tableau on the floats. In 1954, the Krewe of...

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Carnival, 1919

There were no parades for Carnival, 1919. World War I ended on November 11, 1918, so the krewes did not plan to parade in 1919. The happy circumstance of the war ending brought out maskers and revelers, though. This John Mendes photo shows an interesting group of...

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