CEP Cultural Exhibits


Both weekends, 11am – 6pm

San Malo Altar

Since 2016, the Neighborhood Story Project and L’Union Creole have installed a traveling altar dedicated to the memory of Juan/Jean San Malo, leader of maroon villages outside of New Orleans during the Spanish colonial era. The altar pays homage to how San Malo inspired families who escaped slavery to create an alternative economy and way of life outside of bondage.



Marie Laveau Altar

Photo Courtesy of the Louisiana State Museum

Vodou was introduced to the French Colony of Louisiana by enslaved Africans in the 18th century, and by Haitian exiles after the Haitian revolution in the early 19th century. They brought with them their cultural practices, languages, and religious beliefs rooted in spirit and ancestor worship. Today, as thousands visit her tomb to ask favors, the legendary Marie Laveau, known as the “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans” continues to be a central figure of both Louisiana Vodou and New Orleans culture.


St Joseph Altar
Sicilian immigrants who arrived in Louisiana during the late 19th century brought with them a devotion to St. Joseph, the patron saint of Sicily. Here, they continued the custom of honoring St. Joseph on his feast day, March 19th, by creating elaborate food altars. Nick Scramuzza, whose family is originally from Sicily, will build the St. Joseph altar inside the Pavilion. Nick has preserved the tradition in his childhood neighborhood of Faubourg Marigny by building an annual St Joseph altar inside the Lost Love Lounge Bar and Restaurant.


Day of the Dead Altar
El Dia de Los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a three-day celebration brought to New Orleans by Mexican immigrants. The celebration held between October 31 and November 2 is an occasion to remember and prepare special foods in honor of the departed.  Every altar has components that symbolize the elements of life. Photos and possessions of the departed are also included. Artist and Southern University professor Cynthia Ramirez will build the altar.


Mardi Gras Krewes Pay Their (Dis)Respects to New Orleans’ Tricentennial
This exhibit includes commentaries by 2018 Mardi Gras krewes saluting New Orleans’ Tricentennial. Items on display include a version of Jules Verne’s “Nautilus” submarine which rolled with the 2018 Krewe du Vieux subgroup K.A.O.S. celebrating “NOLA at 400”.


Your Story, Our Story – Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies in partnership with the Tenement Museum
This collection of stories, reflections and images illuminate our City’s 300-year history of migration and immigration. In Your Story, Our Story, participants are invited to upload the story of an object or photograph that carries meaning in their family to capture the diversity of experiences that make up the history of New Orleans.


The New Orleans People Project – Gus Bennett Photography

KEITH SAM – Street Minister © 2016 NEW ORLEANS PEOPLE PROJECT, Gus Bennett Photography

Born and raised in New Orleans, Bennett is a fine arts photographer who has documented the lives of the city’s citizens for more than 25 years. His most recent series, “The New Orleans People Project,” is a grassroots project that celebrates and documents the City’s culture and identity.


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