House of Dance & Feathers

Lonely Planet review

The Lower Ninth Ward was one of the neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina, and for many watching coverage of the Storm, ‘Lower Ninth’ became synonymous with destruction and disaster. But residents have a very different view of the neighborhood. Roland Lewis, a Ninth Ward native and former streetcar worker and union rep, showcases the heritage of his home in his actual home, which has been converted into the awesome House of Dance & Feathers. This museum-turned-community-center brims with exhibits on Mardi Gras Indians, Social Aide and Pleasure Clubs, and the basic gestalt of a unique American neighborhood. To get here you’ll need a car and you’ll need to call Lewis beforehand, as the museum is open by appointment only. Donate with generosity when you arrive.