Honoring Our Past, Inspiring Our Future
Because the Algiers story is often left out of the New Orleans historical narrative, Algiers will celebrate its 300th anniversary throughout 2019. We want to tell the story of Algiers - from the early 1700s when it was the King’s Plantation, to the Battle of New Orleans in 1814, to the jazz music of the early 1900s, to the diverse communities that comprise Algiers today. The celebration is designed to create positive awareness of Algiers, educate and entertain locals and visitors through cultural activities and create legacy projects that will remain forever.
As we honor our past, we can inspire our future through economic, educational and cultural programs and advocating for appropriate development in communities throughout Algiers.
Several public events and activities are being planned. Some of the major ones are as follows:
Algiers Day – The New Orleans City Council will recognize our Tricentennial with a proclamation on December 20, 2018. This will be the official launch of the Tricentennial Celebration, and everyone is welcome.
Zulu in Algiers – 2019 King Zulu and Algiers native George Rainey will hold a “flag raising” ceremony and reign over a special day of fun being planned for February 2, 2019, near the ferry terminal in Old Algiers.
NOMTOC Parade – Activities are being planned during the annual NOMTOC parade, the only remaining Algiers Mardi Gras parade, to celebrate and raise awareness of Algiers cultural history. March 2, 2019.
Jazz Walk of Fame – Algiers Point Association will unveil the upgraded Jazz Walk of Fame along the riverfront in Old Algiers. Scheduled for spring 2019.
Trans-Atlantic Slave Marker Ceremony and Installation – Old Algiers Main Street Corporation will host an event in commemoration of the thousands of enslaved Africans who disembarked on the riverfront in Old Algiers.
New Orleans Historical App – In partnership with the University of New Orleans, the Algiers page of this mobile app will provide information on and points of interest. Suggestions and content are welcome. Launch in January 2019.
Your Story, Our Story – Beginning in January, there will be opportunities for oral histories at the Algiers Regional Library and the Hubbell Library. Dates TBD
Lectures and Edu-tainment – Jazz historians and performers, Mardi Gras Indians and authors will provide learning opportunities for all ages. Dates TBD.
Art and Photography Exhibits – Throughout the year, the Algiers Courthouse, libraries and other venues will display historical artifacts and works by local artists.
History Tours – Dates and details TBD.
Shopping, Dining and Fun – Merchant promotions during Mardi Gras, French Quarter Fest, Small Business Saturday and the Algiers Bonfire.
Finale – Festival and celebration of history and culture with music, food, holiday lighting event and more. December 2019.
Hon. Kristin Gisleson Palmer and Hon. Troy A. Carter
Hon. Billy Nungesser, Lt. Governor of Louisiana
Hon. Teena Anderson Trahan, Second City Court Judge
Hon. Gary Carter, State Representative
Jacquelyn B. Clarkson, former District C Councilmember
Hon. Darren Lombard, Clerk of Second City Court
Tyrone Casby Sr., Mohawk Hunter Big Chief
Freddi Evans, Author
Hon. Marlin Gusman, Orleans Parish Sheriff
George Hubbell, Community Activist and long-time resident
Malik Rahim, Community Activist, Historian and long-time resident
George Rainey, King Zulu 2019
Eric Songy, President, Algiers Council of Neighborhood Presidents
Alyson Ward, Author
Alex S. Dunn
Jim & Gayle Goodwin
Algiers Development District
Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Algiers Historical Society
Algiers Point Association
Algiers Riverview Association
Friends of the Ferry
JUGS Social Aid Club/NOMTOC
New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation
New Orleans Jazz Museum
Old Algiers Main Street Corporation
Pride of Algiers Masonic Lodge
University of New Orleans, Midlo Center