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    headed to World War I. The former site of the Iberville housing development (now the redeveloped Basin-Bienville Apartment complex) sits on that site.
Just past the Basin-Bienville site is Saint Louis Cemetery #2 built in 1826. The least visited of the three Saint Louis cemeteries, it is the most enlightening for Louisiana’s African- American history. Its internees include the son of an emancipated slave Oscar James Dunn, who was Louisiana’s Black lieutenant governor from 1868-1872, state treasurer from 1868-1879 Antoine Dubuclet and the Venerable Henriette Delille, who founded the Sisters of the Holy Family.
Faubourg Marigny
Faubourg Marigny is the neighborhood down river from the French Quarter right across Esplanade Avenue. It was established in 1805 as New Orleans first suburb, or faubourg, and is noted for its architecture and diverse history. Similar to Tremé, free people of color owned 70 percent of the houses there and were quite instrumental in its development as builders, owners, and residents. Today, Frenchmen Street in Faubourg Marigny is alive with night-time activity. A unique blend of restaurants, music clubs, and other attractions add to a Bohemian verve.
Points of historical interest in Faubourg Marigny include 2899 Royal Street (the corner of Press and Royal Streets). This former site of the Press Street Railroad Yard is where Homer Plessy of the Plessy v. Ferguson United States Supreme Court case was arrested and dragged off of the train in 1892 fordefyingsegregationlaw,anactwhichlaid the groundwork for much of America’s Civil Rights progress today.
At the corner of St. Charles and Valmont is a marker that notes the site where Gilbert Academy once stood. Originally begun in Franklinton, LA as an agricultural college, in 1919, the school merged with New Orleans
University and the name Gilbert Academy was given to the preparatory high school. When New Orleans University merged with another school to form Dillard University in 1935, Gilbert Academy became heir to a large campus with shady trees. Among its alumni are a former Olympic medalist Audrey Patterson, former Atlanta mayor Andrew Young,MargaretWalkerAlexanderwhoisthe award-winning author of “Jubilee” and other novels.
Across the street from Audubon Park on the campus of Tulane University is the Amistad Research Center, one of the largest repositories for Black documents in the country.
While visiting Uptown, you may see:
2309 First Street—the former residence of Buddy Bolden considered to be the father of Jazz; 2319 Third Street—the Mount Zion Baptist Church, where the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) became a permanent organization through the vote of Louisiana activists and ministers on February 14, 1957; Broadway Mission Baptist Church at 121 Alvin Calender and Mount Moriah Baptist Church at 147 Millaudon in the Black Pearl section of the city near the river. Mahalia Jackson sang at both churches. She lived at 7411 Pitt. 17

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