Friday, March 15, 2013

Reconstruction in New Orleans

Some images for our discussion of Reconstruction. What happened in New Orleans wasn't just interesting, it mattered for the rest of the nation.

H.C. Warmoth, who becomes governor at age 26 in 1868.

P.B.S. Pinchback will become the first "black" governor of Louisiana - for 33 days in 1872-3.

The Mechanics' Institute - Scene of the Riot of 1866 - now roughly where the University Place entrance of the Roosevelt is located.

The U.S. Custom House (now bug museum) as it appears today on Canal Street
The Custom House as it appeared roughly at the time of the Civil War
Eagle Hall - Built during the war - HQ of the Crescent City Democratic Club. Meeting Halls were important in the 19th century urban landscape
The Washington Artillery Hall (center). Notice fire station on right. Located on Girod Street (no longer in existence)

The levee much like it would have appeared in 1874 - though this picture is from around 1885-1890