Growing Up In Downtown New Orleans
Adama Evans interviews her father Harold Evans to elicit similarities and differences in their experiences growing up in New Orleans. Harold was raised in the 7th Ward during the 1950s where he graduated from Joseph S. Clark High School. After serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, he worked as a mental health counselor in the Desire Florida Counseling Center. Harold tells Adama about attending segregated schools, childhood games, foodways, music, the 7th ward community, and recreation at Lincoln Beach. Adama then reflects on her own experiences growing up in New Orleans during the 1990s focusing on recreation, her difficulties in high school, and the inequities of the New Orleans school system.
Neighborhood Story Project
African Americans; Public Schools; Education; Segregation; Race; Recreation; 1950s; 1990s
New Orleans--Seventh Ward; New Orleans--Ninth Ward
Social and Cultural Anthropology
Evans, Adama. “Growing Up In Downtown New Orleans.” A Guide to South Louisiana: Stories of Uncommon Culture, edited by Rachel Breunlin, Neighborhood Story Project, 2017.