Tremé

Après avoir flâné dans le French Quarter, nous voilà à attendre le départ de la visite de Tremé, un des nombreux quartiers de la ville, au Voodoo Spiritual Temple, situé sur Rampart St. Ici, on trouve des koï sur la rue, des voitures zébrées et des Happy Hour qui durent de midi à neuf heures du soir.

DSCN1082 DSCN1086 DSCN1089 DSCN1090La première partie se déroule dans la cour intérieure du temple et se poursuit à l’intérieur de ce dernier en compagnie de la prêtresse Miriam. Celle-ci essaie tant bien que mal de nous expliquer ce qu’est le Voodoo, l’ambiance est chargée d’encens, des montagnes de bibelots décorent la pièce, un serpent garde les lieux… Nous sommes dans un autre monde!

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Dans la cour…

DSCN1093 DSCN1094 DSCN1099 DSCN1100 DSCN1104 Nous nous dirigeons ensuite dans un lavoir. Mais pas n’importe quel lavoir! Celui-là était à l’origine un studio d’enregistrement de rock and roll.

DSCN1110 DSCN1105 DSCN1108 Nous continuons notre tour de Tremé de-ci de-là. Nous y croisons de jolies maisons pleines d’histoires et de couleurs, un bar bien typique, une bibliothèque de poche, un vieux théâtre abandonné, un projet de musée, des églises, la tombe de l’esclave inconnu et tout un tas d’autres petits trésors.

DSCN1112 DSCN1114 DSCN1115 DSCN1117 DSCN1118 DSCN1120 DSCN1122 DSCN1129 DSCN1130 DSCN1131 DSCN1133 DSCN1134 DSCN1136 DSCN1138 DSCN1145 DSCN1146 DSCN1148 DSCN1152 DSCN1156 DSCN1159 DSCN1161Je vous laisse avec un descriptif du quartier provenant du site New Orleans Official Tourism Web Site car je ne pourrais pas mieux vous l’expliquer.

Tremé
America’s Oldest African American Neighborhood

Faubourg is a French term that literally means ‘suburb’ or neighborhood. The Faubourg Tremé or as it is more frequently referred to, Tremé, is not only America’s oldest black neighborhood but was the site of significant economic, cultural, political, social and legal events that have literally shaped the course of events in Black America for the past two centuries. Yet, few outside of New Orleans except for scholars and historians know its enormous importance to Americans of African descent.

New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood is geographically is that part of New Orleans that lies between North Rampart and North Broad and from Canal Street to St. Bernard Avenue. The area received its namesake from one Claude Treme, a model hat maker and real estate developer who migrated from Saugivny in Burgundy, France, and settled in New Orleans in 1783. Treme owned only a small portion of the area that bore his name and was in possession of that for just a decade.

In later years, free persons of color and eventually those African slaves who either obtained, bought or bargained for their freedom were able to acquire and own property in Treme. There are hundreds of examples of 18th and early 19th century ownership of large and small land areas in Faubourg Treme by free peoples of color.

The ability to acquire, purchase and own real property during an era when America was still immersed in slavery was remarkable and only in New Orleans did this occur with any regularity and consistency.

Today, New Orleans’ Treme neigborhood is the locale for visitors and natives alike to celebrate the achievements of African Americans. Scholars and historians have shared their immense knowledge with New Orleans residents and now Treme is home to several museums dedicated to African American life, art, and history, as well as Armstrong Park, a memorial to the great jazz legend Louis Armstrong.

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