The story of Melrose Plantation’s legacy begins with Marie Therese Coincoin, a freed slave who became an entrepreneur, nearly unheard of during this time period. The property established by Coincoin and her family remains a significant icon in African American history for another reason, as it’s where famed folk painter Clementine Hunter began her career.
533 Hwy. 119, Melrose, LA 71452
The original French Market was a trading post for the Native Americans. With the arrival of European settlers, the market exploded with commerce as the prime stop for exchanging goods. Years later, the current open-air market structure was designed by Joseph Abeilard, one of the nation’s first African American architects, and it remains a New Orleans must-stop.
1008 N. Peters St., # 2 New Orleans, LA 70116
This little blues club is one of only a few of its kind left in the United States. Teddy’s Juke Joint offers an authentic juke joint experience—take a road less traveled, step into the charming shotgun house Teddy keeps decorated with Christmas lights, and dance the night away to the blues. Just don’t leave without trying something from the kitchen!
17001 Old Scenic Hwy., Zachary, LA 70791
The legacy of Madam C.J. Walker, said to be the country’s first self-made Black female millionaire, is told through the lovely exhibit at the Hermione Museum. Browse the gallery to learn the story of the entrepreneur, philanthropist and activist who founded a hair product company that inspired both women and African Americans for years to come.
315 Mulberry Street, Tallulah, Louisiana 71282
Every good plan needs an even better meeting place, and Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was just that. This restaurant in Tremé, the oldest African American neighborhood in the United States, served as the rendezvous point for activists to collaborate on strategies and ideas that would change the course of history during the civil rights movement—all over a bowl of chef Leah Chase’s famous Creole gumbo, of course.
2301 Orleans Ave., New Orleans LA 70119