Congo Square, New Orleans

Congo Square, New Orleans

Visitors to New Orleans can experience a bit of African Culture when they visit Congo Square. Located in the Tremé neighborhood in Louis Armstrong Park, the square was the gathering place for African slaves on their free day. Once slavery ended, free people of color began to meet there to perform music. Congo Square is the birthplace of Jazz.

The open area was designated by the mayor as a meeting place for slaves in 1817. Originally named the Place de Negres, the Place Publique, and then Circus Square, the plaza allowed slaves to honor their culture through song and dance on their free day, Sunday. In addition, they could sell their wares at the local market. The colonial French slavery style allowed slaves much more freedom than the rest of the United States. Slaves could move freely while at the square.

As the United States slavery style became more prevalent, the gatherings occurred less and less and finally ceased about 10 years before the end of slavery. In the late 19th century, Congo Square once again came to life when Creoles of Color began to perform concerts there. It was during that time that Jazz was born.

The best time to visit is the second weekend of November when the three-day long celebration, Congo Square New World Rhythm Festival occurs. The fiesta starts at 11 am and features African dance and music.
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Sight Name: Congo Square
Sight Location: New Orleans, USA
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
Guide(s) containing this sight: African American Heritage Trail in New Orleans  

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