Backstreet Cultural Museum

1116 Henriette Delille St New Orleans

African American History in New Orleans/Backstreet Cultural Museum
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The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a museum in New Orleans, Louisiana's Tremé neighborhood, founded by Sylvester Francis.


The museum's collections include objects relating to the African American culture of New Orleans with a special emphasis on jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indians, and second lines parades sponsored by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. The museum contains many priceless artifacts of African-American culture in New Orleans, including elaborate, brightly colored suits worn by Mardi Gras Indians in previous years, and rare photos of Mardi Gras Indian "gangs" from the 1940s. Take an inside look at the museum with founder Sylvester Francis - check out the video below.

The museum is also a clearing house for information about Mardi Gras Indian and second-line events and serves as the location for some events, including the annual White Buffalo Day ceremony and procession that goes to Congo Square. Admission to the museum is by a donation of $10 (referred to by Mr. Francis as a "cover charge"), although hours are said to be somewhat sporadic. As in many other museums, videos inside are prohibited but limited photography is allowed.

Cover image by punktoad licensed under CC BY 2.0. Information courtesy of Wikipedia.

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