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
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