February annually brings Black History Month, and there’s so many things to do in NOLA to celebrate.
While the usual BHM events face drastic changes in 2021, there’s still plenty to do and see in order to educate ourselves about New Orleans’ Black History. From the city’s historically Black universities to city attractions like Congo Square. Make sure you soak up all the history which plays a critical part in New Orleans’ vibrant and diverse culture.
1. New Orleans’ African American Museum
NOAAM is dedicated to preserving the history and elevate the art, culture, and contributions of African Americans in New Orleans. With stunning art and exhibitions on display, get completely lost in the stories of Black voices and pioneers from NOLA’s Black History. Every third Saturday of the month, the museum offers its Family Day, where Black vendors, businesses and artists come together to sell their products. The perfect way to support Black businesses and find the perfect gift for your loved ones or yourself.
2. Studio Be
This place is a must-see if you’re in New Orleans and a lover of street art. Home to local artist Brandan Bmike Odums, the giant warehouse features countless pieces that tell stories of politics, revolutionaries and New Orleans. We definitely recommend paying entry to view the exhibitions. There’s a spectacular array of art on display, but there are also murals spray painted on the outside that’re always changing, and worth the visit alone.
3. Congo Square
The Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans is just across Rampart Street, north of the French Quarter. The neighborhood is famous for its history of African American music and there are several statues, streets and more throughout it, honoring the pioneers in Black culture and music. From the foundations of jazz and beyond, there’s so much to learn about in Congo Square. With its monuments dedicated to NOLA’s Black History beautifully decorating the public space.
4. Eat Black-Owned
There are so many options when deciding what Black-owned restaurants to check out in NOLA. Black communities were a critical part of the Southern cuisine we know and love today. From the most delicious burgers at Willie’s, to mouth-watering grilled cheese at Frencheeze, NOLA has what your stomach craves.
5. Central City
Where: Central City
A former hub for the Civil Rights Movement has transformed into a stomping grounds for up and coming Black entrepreneurs. While in Central City, it would be wrong to miss out on the beautiful murals along O.C Haley Boulevard and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Also, exhibits, performances and film screenings at Ashé Cultural Arts Center celebrate African-American culture throughout the year.
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