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Twelve Places Every African American Traveler Should Visit in New Orleans

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A mural along Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard (Photo: Rebecca Todd)

The annual Essence Festival which took place last month brought an influx of visitors who enjoyed great music and programming during the four day event. Many festival attendees reserve an extra day during their visit to experience more of New Orleans’ rich history and culture. Several museums and historical markers fill our landscape and serve as part of New Orleans’ narrative.

Though Essence Fest is the perfect time to visit these places, the unique traditions and contributions from African Americans can be celebrated in New Orleans year long. That’s why we’ve gathered some special sites that every savvy, African American traveler must see while visiting New Orleans. We’re starting in Tremé, America’s oldest, African American neighborhood, though rich stories pour throughout every ward and neighborhood in New Orleans.

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