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Juneteenth in New Orleans

Congo Square, the Whitney Plantation and more - New Orleans is filled with places and spaces perfect for commemorating Juneteenth

What is Juneteenth?

Each year in mid-June, communities across the U.S. celebrate Juneteenth–a commemoration of the abolition of slavery in America. In New Orleans, enjoy visiting historic sites or stopping by a special Juneteenth celebration. Here’s how to commemorate Juneteenth in New Orleans. 

Image courtesy of Congo Square Preservation Society
Congo Square Drum Circle

Where can I go to commemorate Juneteenth?

Überall in New Orleans haben sich Menschen große Mühe gegeben, die Geschichten unzähliger versklavter afrikanischer Männer, Frauen und Kinder zu bewahren und weiterzugeben. Es gibt eine Reihe von Orten, an denen Besucher mehr über den transatlantischen Sklavenhandel, die Verbindung von New Orleans zu diesem Thema und die Erzählungen der mutigen Menschen, die dagegen gekämpft haben, erfahren können.

Visit Congo Square

Located just outside of the French Quarter in Tremé, Congo Square was a gathering place for the enslaved and free people of color throughout the 19th century, used for meetings, open markets, and celebrations of African culture, particularly music. Today, the square is home to various festivals throughout the year but can be visited at any time for an enriching experience. Visit Congo Square and you’ll find sculptures, historical markers for learning more, and the greenspace of adjacent Armstrong Park.   

Spend the Day at the Whitney Plantation

Located roughly 45 minutes outside of metro New Orleans, a visit to the Whitney Plantation is well worth the trip. This is the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a direct focus on slavery. The tour is told from the perspective of enslaved Africans who lived and worked here in Louisiana. 

Tour the French Quarter with the New Orleans Slave Trade Marker App 

Historische Alleen, öffentliche Parks und sogar schmale Bäche und Flüsse haben eine tiefe Geschichte hinter sich. Laden Sie den offiziellen New Orleans Slave Trade Marker hier herunter und starten Sie eine persönliche In-App-Audio-Tour zu einigen der historischsten Stätten von New Orleans, die mit dem Sklavenhandel verbunden sind.

Shop Bayou Road

Nestled right off Esplanade Ridge in Tremé, Bayou Road is the oldest road in New Orleans and serves as a hub for Black-owned businesses. Currently, Community Book Center, which focuses on African books, art, and music, is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visit Bayou Road for dining, shopping, and nightlife. 

Visit Studio BE

Open 2-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and from 2-6 p.m. on Sundays, Studio BE is the brainchild of New Orleans artist Brandan “Bmike” Odums, whose work focuses on the Black community and the unsung heroes of New Orleans. Visit the gallery for a self-guided tour. Prints, t-shirts, and collectibles are available for purchase in his on-site shop. Book online here.  

Browse the Amistad Research Center

Die Arbeit des Amistad Research Center, das sich der Verbreitung von Geschichten widmet, die sich auf die soziale & kulturelle Bedeutung der ethnischen & Rassengeschichte Amerikas, der afrikanischen Diaspora und der Bürgerrechte beziehen, ist sowohl im Museum als auch online unter zugänglich. Digitale Archive (einschließlich Artikel und Videointerviews) sind auf der Website und der Facebook-Seite von Amistad verfügbar. 

Learn about New Orleans’ Black history with Alle Bout Dat Tours 

Offering Black heritage and jazz tours of New Orleans that take you off the beaten path, Mikhala Iversen's All Bout Dat tours are some of the best in the city. Tour sites include historic Congo Square, where enslaved Africans gathered for song and dance on Sundays, the Tremé neighborhood, known as the oldest African American neighborhood in the U.S., and Bayou Road, where Black-owned businesses thrive. Don't miss your chance to take an All Bout Dat Tour while in New Orleans. 

Visit the New Orleans African American Museum 

The New Orleans African American Museum is great to visit on any day, but Juneteenth weekend will feature their Monthly Art Market with Black vendors. Support the artist community and receive free museum admission to browse the exhibits on view on Saturday, June 18. 

Rebecca Todd, NOTMC
Ashe Cultural Arts Center

Black-Owned Businesses to Support on Juneteenth and Beyond

New Orleans is a hub for culture, which includes a diverse mix of restaurants, shops, and businesses throughout the city. Support Black-owned businesses the next time you’re in need of a good meal with our Black-owned restaurants list. Shop the art, clothing, and books of Black-owned shops here. Explore the attractions, accommodations, and nightlife of Black-owned businesses throughout the city.

There are many more places and resources to visit to learn more about the slave trade and commemorate Juneteenth. Visit our history page for more inspiration.