Louis Armstrong Park


The entrance to this massive park has got to be one of the greatest gateways in the US, a picturesque arch that ought rightfully to be the final set piece in a period drama about Jazz Age New Orleans. The original Congo Sq is here, as well as a Louis Armstrong Statue and a bust of Sidney Bechet. The Mahalia Jackson Theater hosts opera and Broadway productions. The park often hosts live-music festivals throughout the year.

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1. Congo Square


In Louis Armstrong Park, Congo Sq was a Sunday gathering spot for slaves under the French Code Noir. For one day of the week, the enslaved could sing the…

2. Louis Armstrong Statue


This statue of the iconic jazz trumpeter greets visitors as they enter Louis Armstrong Park.

3. Backstreet Cultural Museum

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4. St Augustine's Church

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5. St Louis Cemetery No 1

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6. Mortuary Chapel

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7. New Orleans African American Museum

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8. Historic Voodoo Museum

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