BHM Spotlight: New Orleans’ Treme Has Glorious Beginnings

A lot of American history is lost.  Some of it may be due to its African origin, but most has simply become stories that have not been published, but past down from the elders to their children and to their children until it has become lore.  But, some history cannot be shaken down and stirred into non-existence.

The area outside New Orleans’ French Quarter called Treme is one of those pieces of history that have been lost and is in need of being revisited.  The city is a real source of pride for not only black history month but the American archives.  It was comprised of a diverse community of freed blacks dating far back as 1730, according to USA Today.

Treme’ has a regal history of individuals from Africa who were free and skilled:

“Slaves and freed blacks were permitted to mingle each Sunday in nearby Congo Square, where they sold goods, played homemade drums, and danced the bamboula, a traditional African dance, Hankins says. The African rhythms seeped into surrounding homes, laying the groundwork for the evolution of jazz several decades later….”

Other important history mentioned in the report is that this is the birth place of Homer Plessy of the infamous Plessy vs. Wade case that supported segregation.  The history is indeed rich in this small section of the U.S.  The HBO series called “Treme” doesn’t do a good job of visiting the history of this unique place. Read the report here.

-J.C. Brooks

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