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  • Betty A. Burnett

Had on My Traveling Shoes

It’s Saturday and time to continue sharing my travel experiences over the years to different African American Historical Sites.

While traveling to New Orleans, we spent the night at a motel in Mobile (much history). The next day my sister/friend and I headed to New Orleans, but we had to go through Mississippi. I was so glad it was only a two hour ride going through that part of the state, because I certainly did not want to stop where it is said that "Racism is Built into the Very Bones" of Mississippi.

African American Historical Sites

New Orleans, Louisiana

The African American community has played an intrinsic role in creating New Orleans, structurally, economically, and culturally. Background People of African ancestry first arrived at New Orleans in 1719, within a year of the establishment of the city, having been forcibly removed from the Senegambia region of West Africa.

I was blessed to visit the Lower Ninth Ward while visiting New Orleans shortly after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

On Monday, August 29, 2005, there were over 50 failures of the levees and flood walls protecting New Orleans, Louisiana, and its suburbs following passage of Hurricane Katrina. The failures caused flooding in 80% of New Orleans and all of St. Bernard Parish. In New Orleans alone, 134,000 housing units — 70% of all occupied units — suffered damage from Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding.

“Fats Domino” grew up in the lower ninth ward.

Ps. My late cousin Laura and I saw “Fats Domino” at the Apollo (Harlem) back in the day when we would go to Amateur nights.

See you in Rocky Mount Virginia tomorrow, Lord willing.

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