The Tio family is best known as a prominent contributor to early jazz of the 20th century, notably the addition of a “Mexican Tinge” to the genre. However, the Tios were, in fact, native New Orleanians who had lived in the city since the late…

Gentilly Boulevard crosses the Elysian Fields bus route at the next traffic light after passing under Interstate-610. When the bus passed this stop on that Monday morning in 1958, it suddenly became a much lonelier place for Joseph Narcisse. “The…

Though designated for public use, Palmer Park for many years was a segregated space open only to white residents. Naming the park after Benjamin Palmer, a staunch defender of slavery and segregationist, set an early tone of antagonism towards black…

Political rallies were another important part of Palmer Park’s early history. Local political organizations held numerous rallies and speeches in the park in the first half of the 20th century. The 1919 contentious mayoral campaign was notable for…

Hamilton Square, a public space created in 1833 in what is now the Carrollton neighborhood of New Orleans, was renamed Palmer Park through a city ordinance in July 1902. The name change was spearheaded by Adam Junker, a Carrollton business and civic…