A Visit Back in Time to Storyville, New Orleans' Red Light District / A Long Island Reads Affiliated Program
Curator Eric Seiferth from the Historic New Orleans Collection will present an illustrated look at Storyville, the vice district created In 1897, dissolved in 1917 and located just north of the French Quarter. Storyville became a financially successful entertainment mecca, attracting white men of means from around the country as part of the city’s emerging winter tourism economy. Concurrently, a separate red-light district for African American patrons—known as Uptown, or Black, Storyville—operated quasi-legally near the site of today’s city hall. All told, the history of Storyville encompasses a tangle of themes, including prostitution, music, money, racial identity, segregation, drug and alcohol abuse, violence, displacement, and racial and sexual exploitation.
Registration required. An email with the Zoom login will be sent prior to the program.