Gretna in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
Founded 1815 by education philanthropist John McDonogh. Also known as Freetown where his freed slaves settled and Gouldsboro for railroad magnate Jay Gould. Incorporated 1913 into City of Gretna.
Erected 2008 by the Jefferson Parish Historical Commission.
Location. 29° 55.592′ N, 90° 2.981′ W. Marker is in Gretna, Louisiana, in Jefferson Parish. Marker is at the intersection of Franklin Avenue (State Highway 23) and Virgil Street, in the median on Franklin Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1261 Franklin Avenue, Gretna LA 70053, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Terrytown (approx. 0.9 miles away); David Crockett Firehall (approx. one mile away); Saint Joseph Church (approx. 1.1 miles away); Centennial Marker (approx. 1.1 miles away); Gretna City Hall (approx. 1.2 miles away); Mel Ott (approx. 1.2 miles away); Phoenix Iron Works (approx. 1.2 miles away); Dr. Lord Beaconsfield Landry (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gretna.
Also see . . . The Freetown History Project (.pdf). (Submitted on February 22, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • African Americans • Education • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on February 22, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 276 times since then and 25 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on February 22, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.