Summer Experience students toured the New Orleans Historic Collection with Dr. Emily Clark, the Clement Chambers Benenson Professor in American Colonial History. Students explored New Orleans’ three-hundred-year history, the contributions made by people of color the development of the city, and its significance in the American story.
Summer Experience students participated in a guided tour of the historic Treme neighborhood with Brother Youssef and spoke with community leaders including Al Jackson and Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes. Students visited The Petit Jazz Museum and learned about New Orleans' musical history. Treme is America’s oldest African American neighborhood and at the center of its cultural contributions. Today, plans are underway to revitalize the Claiborne Corridor to bring economic opportunities and cultural preservation.
Summer Experience students engaged the complicated history of slavery in a tour of the Whitney Plantation with Dr. Laura Rosanne Adderley, Associate Professor of History and the Chair of the Africana Studies Department at Tulane. The museum, which focuses on the experience of slavery from the perspective of enslaved Africans and African-Americans forced to labor in the plantations’ sugar fields, addresses both the hardships endured and the creative contributions made by the men, women, children held as property in the American economic system.