The Seventh Ward was considered by many to be the quintessential Creole neighborhood in New Orleans. Many educated and accomplished people of color lived here before the Civil War and throughout the time when Jim Crow laws were in effect. But after desegregation, the city built the I-10 interstate right over the Claiborne neutral ground, destroying the 7th Ward’s prosperous business district in the process.
Today the community remembers the beautiful live oaks that were torn down to make way for the interstate by painting images of these trees on the cement pilings that replaced them.
Among the first owners was Claude Dubreuil whose vast estate stretched from the river to Bayou Sauvage and Gentilly. By the late 1700s, this land had changed proprietorship several times and finally came into the holdings of Bernard Marigny, who successfully subdivided the Faubourg Marigny and continued with what was called Nouveau Marigny (between Elysian Fields and St. Bernard and from St. Claude to Gentilly Rd.). When, in 1830, the Pontchartrain Railroad connected the Faubourg Marigny with the settlement of Milneburg on the lake, these lots became more saleable. The railroad helped Nouveau Marigny to grow almost to Gentilly Ridge.
Nearby parks include Congo Square, Bolivar Place and Washington Square.
Nearby schools include Joseph S. Clark Senior High School, McDonogh #15: A Kipp Transformation School and McDonogh #35 Senior High School.
The closest grocery stores are Rampart Food Store, Quarter Grocery and Busy Bee Food Store.
Nearby coffee shops include Pagoda Café, Who Dat Coffee Cafe and The Old Coffee Pot Restaurant. There are 21 restaurants within a 15 minute walk including Today Cajun Seafood, Cajun Seafood and Danny’s Seafood.
Near Dillard University, Entergy Headquarters and Xavier University of Louisiana.