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Historical Markers in Algiers, Louisiana

Clickable Map of Orleans Parish, Louisiana and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Orleans Parish, LA (403) Jefferson Parish, LA (90) Plaquemines Parish, LA (16) St. Bernard Parish, LA (63) St. Tammany Parish, LA (51)  OrleansParish(403) Orleans Parish (403)  JeffersonParish(90) Jefferson Parish (90)  PlaqueminesParish(16) Plaquemines Parish (16)  St.BernardParish(63) St. Bernard Parish (63)  St.TammanyParish(51) St. Tammany Parish (51)
New Orleans is the parish seat for Orleans Parish
Algiers is in Orleans Parish
      Orleans Parish (403)  
      Jefferson Parish (90)  
      Plaquemines Parish (16)  
      St. Bernard Parish (63)  
      St. Tammany Parish (51)  
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1Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — "Buddy" Bolden1877-1931 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Often referred to as "the first man of jazz,” Charles Bolden began his musical career playing in string bands before switching to cornet and forming his own band in 1895. As was his tendency to play hot and loud, Bolden . . . Map (db m189068) HM
2Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — "Jelly Roll" Morton1890-1941 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Born into an Afro-French household as Ferdinand Joseph Lamothe, pianist, bandleader, songwriter, and arranger Jelly Roll Morton is widely recognized as the first great composer in the history of jazz. His early musical experiences in . . . Map (db m199674) HM
3Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — "King" Oliver1885-1938 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 3 The son of a Baptist preacher, Joseph Oliver was born in Abend, Louisiana. He came to New Orleans about 1900 and began working as a cornetist several years later. Oliver's rise to prominence was based on his ability with mutes. Was . . . Map (db m199711) HM
4Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — "Papa" Celestin1884-1954 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Trumpeter Oscar Celestin was born in Napoleonville, Louisiana, and came to New Orleans to work with the brass bands after he turned twenty-one. He organized a group of his own in 1910 but was also involved with projects on the side, such . . . Map (db m189325) HM
5Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — "Papa" Jack Laine1873-1966 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 MISSING Panel 3 Jack Laine on drums, Jules Reiner-Piano, Herman Ragas-Brass. Seated on piano Alfred Laine, George Brunies, Charlie Cordella. "Papa" Laine interviewed by Richard B. Allen at a College Jazz Lecture on April 30, 1964. Panel 4 . . . Map (db m199704) HM
6Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Al Hirt1922-1999 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 The son of a policeman, Alois Maxwell Hirt made his musical debut at the Saenger Theater at age six with the Junior Police Band. He gained a reputation as a prodigy on the classics, but his first professional job was playing at the . . . Map (db m189328) HM
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7Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Algiers Courthouse
Erected in 1896 To replace the Duverjé Plantation House which served as the courthouse from 1866 until it burned in the great Algiers Fire of 1895.Barthelmy Duverjé acquired title to the Plantation in 1805 and in 1842 the property was subdivided . . . Map (db m116882) HM
8Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Algiers' Dry Docks
Andre Seguin built the first dry dock in Algiers in 1819 on land purchased from Barthelemy Duverjé. As the City did not want ship building and repair businesses on their side of the river, those businesses blossomed along this side of the river, . . . Map (db m116923) HM
9Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Allen Residence
Henry Allen (1871-1952) trumpet player and bandleader, and Henry "Red” Allen, Jr., (1906-1967), trumpet player, singer and bandleader, lived here at 414 Newton Street from 1906 until 1917. Henry Allen led the Allen Brass Band an . . . Map (db m160931) HM
10Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Allen Residence
Henry Allen (1871-1952), trumpet player & bandleader, and Henry “Red” Allen, Jr. (1906-1967), trumpet player, singer, & bandleader, lived here at 921 Verret Street from 1918 until 1922. Henry Allen led the Allen Brass Band-- an . . . Map (db m163561) HM
11Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Battle of New Orleans West Bank
Here on the Jourdan Plantation American Forces under General David Morgan defended the west side of the Mississippi River while General Andrew Jackson defended the east side on January 8, 1815. The War of 1812 ended with the American victory in . . . Map (db m116881) HM
12Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Brownlee Residence
Norman Brownlee (1896-1967), pianist, bandleader, instrument salesman, & Musicians’ Union official, lived here at 407 Delaronde Street from 1912 until 1922. He led his own Brownlee’s Orchestra from 1920 to 1930, which included Emmet Hardy, Arthur . . . Map (db m162898) HM
13Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Danny Barker & Louise "Blue Lou" Barker1909-1994 & 1913-1998 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 1 Danny Barker and Louise Dupont were married in 1930 and moved to New York. "Blue Lu" Barker spent a decade recording for Decca, Apollo and Capitol, specializing in the blues and saucy songs such as her husband's "Don't You Make Me High" and . . . Map (db m163873) HM
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14Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Dolly Marie Douroux Adams1904-1979
Dolly Marie Douroux Adams (1904-1979) was one of the few women instrumentalists in the male-dominated early jazz scene. The daughter of Olivia Manetta and Louis Douroux, she played piano as well as bass, drums, guitar, and trumpet. Adams began . . . Map (db m191602) HM
15Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Dr. Lord Beaconsfield Landry
Lord Beaconsfield Landry, also known as L.B. Landry, was born March 11, 1879 in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. At a very early age, he was sent to Gilbert Academy, which was at that time located in Baldwin, LA. He later attended Fisk University, where . . . Map (db m116883) HM
16Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Duverjé Plantation
Algiers Point evolved from the plantation of Barthelemy Duverjé. The Duverjé home was built c. 1812-16, and served as the Algiers Courthouse from 1866. It was destroyed by the Great Fire of Algiers in 1895 and replaced by the current structure in . . . Map (db m117057) HM
17Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Edward "Kid" Ory1886-1973 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Born in LaPlace, Louisiana, trombonist Edward Ory began his musical career at age ten. He moved to New Orleans on his twenty-first birthday and quickly established himself as a successor to Buddy Bolden. While Bolden's band . . . Map (db m200150) HM
18Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Enslaved Africans
In the 1720s, at a spot of land now eroded by the river, stood the barracks where enslaved Africans from the Senegal-Gambia region, were held before being ferried across the river to the slave auctions. Early Algiers Point was also the home of the . . . Map (db m116900) HM
19Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Freddie Keppard1890-1933 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 The Original Creole Band Before recordings spread the New Orleans jazz sound throughout the nation and abroad in 1917, a number of New Orleans musicians had already brought the city's special style of instrumental ragtime to audiences . . . Map (db m199687) HM
20Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Hardy Residence
Emmet Hardy (1903-1925), cornetist and machinist, lived here at 237 Morgan Street from 1920-1923. He played in Brownlee’s Orchestra, the New Orleans Rhythm Kings, and in small groups with violinist Oscar Marcour, the Boswell Sisters, and drummer . . . Map (db m162765) HM
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21Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Henry "Red" Allen1908-1967 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Henry Allen grw up right here in Algiers. As a boy, he heard Louis Armstrong and his father's band. He would learn to play trumpet in that same band. After playing in various New Orleans groups, he joined the King Oliver Band. They toured . . . Map (db m189159) HM
22Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Historic Algiers
Algiers, established in 1719, is the second oldest neighborhood in New Orleans. Originally called the "King's Plantation," it was first used as the location for the city's powder magazine, a holding area for the newly arrived African slaves, and . . . Map (db m116901) HM
23Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Humphrey FamilyJazz Walk of Fame
Panel 1 • Willie J. 1900-1994 • Willie E. 1880-1964 • Percy 1900-1995 • Earl 1902-1971 • James 1859-1937 Panel 2 One of the factors that make the music scene in New Orleans so special is the presence of musical dynasties, families that . . . Map (db m191333) HM
24Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Louis Armstrong1901-1971 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 1 During his early years in New Orleans Louis Armstrong drew upon the entire spectrum of music associated with the city. He spent time following Joe Oliver in the "second lines” which accompanied brass bands. By the time he was . . . Map (db m160939) HM
25Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Louis D. ArmstrongAugust 4, 1901 - July 6, 1971
Louis Armstrong, adoringly referred to as “Satchmo," was born August 4, 1901, but chose to celebrate his birthday on July 4th,America's Independence Day. He was the first important jazz soloist and became its most influential musician. As a . . . Map (db m116892) HM
26Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Louis Prima1911-1978 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Trumpeter Louis Prima can best be described as an American music original. In a career spanning fifty years, he was one of the very few jazz musicians to keep abreast of stylistic changes in popular music, going from jazz, to swing, to . . . Map (db m200149) HM
27Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Manetta Residence
Manuel “Fess” Manetta (1889-1969), pianist, violinist, trombonist, trumpeter, saxophonist, and teacher, lived here at 331 Alix Street from 1913 until 1923. He played in bands with Buddy Bolden, Frank Duson, Edward Clem, Tom Albert, Papa . . . Map (db m163269) HM
28Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Manuel Manetta1889-1969
Manuel Manetta (1889-1969) was a versatile musician and music teacher who played piano, violin, guitar, mandolin, string bass trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone. As a Creole of Color whose Sicilian grandfather was a portrait painter, Manetta began . . . Map (db m191601) HM
29Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Marcour Residence
Oscar J. Marcour (1895-1956), violinist and bandleader, lived here at 431 Opelousas Ave from 1917 to 1919. He played with the Jules Bauduc Orchestra at the Silver Slipper, made and Edison Dictaphone recording c. 1918-1919 at pianist Norman . . . Map (db m160934) HM
30Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Nick LaRocca1889-1961 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 The phonograph was the medium that took New Orleans jazz from the city's streets and dance halls to the attention of the world. Despite the early travels of New Orleans musicians, it was the Original Dixieland Jass Band's recordings in . . . Map (db m199710) HM
31Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Right Bank of the Mississippi River
Once connected by a mule-drawn streetcar, Algiers and Gretna are now linked by this path of history. Follow the markers along the "Right Bank of the Mississippi River" to historic downtown Gretna, as many have done since the 1800's.Map (db m160913) HM
32Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Sidney Bechet1897-1959 — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Sidney Bechet may have been the first New Orleans jazz musician to go beyond the early ensemble format into solo improvisation. He established a reputation as a child prodigy working his way through the best dance bands in town. . . . Map (db m189061) HM
33Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Southern Pacific Railroad Yards
Located between Atlantic and Thayer Sts., established in 1853, the S.P.R.R. Yards extended back 22 blocks, at its peak employed 4,000 men. Trains would board a ferry to cross the river and continue their journey from the Pacific coast up the . . . Map (db m129503) HM
34Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — The Boswell SistersMartha (1905-1958) Helvetia (1911-1988) Connie (1907-1976) — Jazz Walk of Fame —
Panel 2 Although the Boswell Sisters will forever be associated with New Orleans,-they were born elsewhere. Martha and Constance were born in Kansas City, Missouri, and Helvetia was born in Birmingham, Alabama. Their father, who had been in . . . Map (db m189157) HM
35Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — The Great Fire of Algiers, 1895
In the early morning hours of October 20th, 1895, on the 300 block of Morgan St., near the corner of Bermuda St., a fire started that would eventually destroy about 200 homes and businesses in ten blocks between Morgan, Lavergne, Alix and Powder . . . Map (db m116888) HM
36Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — The Naval Station
Although this land was purchased by the U.S. Government from Jean P. Dupiere in 1849 as a proposed Navy Yard, a U.S. Naval Station was not formally established here until 1901 when a dry dock arrived. More land was purchased from the Olivier, . . . Map (db m129683) HM
37Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Transatlantic Slave Trade to Louisiana
The transatlantic slave trade to Louisiana began in 1718, with the first of two ships bringing African captives to the region in 1719. The first ship to arrive at this site was the Expedition, which landed 91 enslaved people, most from the . . . Map (db m157916) HM
38Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Valentine Residence
“Kid” Thomas Valentine (1897-1987), trumpeter and bandleader, lived here at 825 Vallette Street in 1928. Born in Reserve, LA he moved to Algiers in 1923. He played at Speck’s Moulin Rouge in Marrero and Fireman’s Hall in Westwego in the . . . Map (db m161017) HM
39Louisiana (Orleans Parish), Algiers — Verret Plantation
The sugar plantation (c.1800) of Furey Verret stretched along the river road from around Vallette St., to the Naval Station, and included the Verret Canal, where Whitney Avenue now stands. Jean Lafitte, the pirate, traveled on this canal between . . . Map (db m116886) HM
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Dec. 5, 2022