Blog 1 Abby Snyder

The man in the “selfie” picture with me is Kone.

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He took us on a tour of New Orleans and talked a lot about the history and culture. He grew up here and at one point moved to California. When Hurricane Katrina hit, he moved back. The one thing that stuck out the most was when he took us to the Ninth Ward. He showed us the Green’s house that stands now. It is a “Make it Right” house that, in case of a flood, the house is supposed to float. Right next to the house were a few concrete steps that was the only thing that remained from their old house. The fact that they came back even after losing two of their loved ones and everything they own is truly inspiring. The last part he took us to was the new levy. What happened with Katrina was that she didn’t do about 90% of the damage, the old levy did. Back in the day, they built the levy weak, on purpose, to try to rule people out. They knew eventually something would happen and the levy would break, causing a ton of people to lose everything, including their loved ones. The levy that stands now is simply for show. Who knows if it will actually work if this ever happens again? It really upset me to find out that the reason for all of the damage was actually by humans and not nature. If you ever get a chance to come to New Orleans, I HIGHLY recommend this tour.

 

This is Mrs. Jenette.

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We were told that she does a lot to give back to the community, including helping out with a school garden. One of the schools is having a fundraiser where people can buy tickets to come in and eat everything the chefs from different restaurants bring in. She is donating about 80 bags of bay leaves, which create flavor to just about anything. When we got to her house, we were told about its history. It is the only house that is left of its kind. They have a carriage driveway, where slaves would take the carriages back to the shed and then take the horses to the stable. On the back side of the house, there is a door (on each side) where the slaves would enter the house and get to their rooms. These allowed them to get to their rooms without disturbing the whites. She showed us a picture of what the house looked like back in its prime, and we helped her fix up the house as best as we could in 8 hours. I cannot wait to see what it looks like when it is finished. She also told us a bit of what her life was like when she was a senior in college. She was accidently in a demonstration and was sent home. Both of her parents were dead at the time, and the only way to get back in was to interview with the school and bring your parents along. Her boyfriend (who is now her husband) had his grandma pretend to be one of her parents and she made it through. Her oldest daughter is a law professor and her other is a defender for people who are put on death row. Death row is a huge thing in the south still. Her stories along with everything she does to give back to the community are one of the most inspiring things I’ve ever been told.

 

 

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