New Orleans Agenda
This week, Congressman Troy A. Carter, Sr. introduced legislation to study and protect the culture and integrity of Louis Armstrong Park within the former New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park for future generations. A park at the heart of the New Orleans community, Congressman Carter’s bill The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Study Act of 2022 would authorize a study with meaningful community input to assess the suitability and feasibility of re-establishing an area of Louis Armstrong Park as the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park with federal status under the Department of the Interior.
“The rich culture of New Orleans is deeply rooted in the places, people, and history of our community, and it must be valued, uplifted and protected for generations to come,” said Congressman Carter. “The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park Study Act of 2022 would bring together the community, government, and stakeholders to collectively study and determine a path forward for this park that protects the integrity of this true treasure of the Crescent City.”
Congressman Carter continued, “The Tremé is a historically Black and culturally significant neighborhood in the city. We must have the impacted community members not just at the table, but meaningfully involved in these conversations on the future of Louis Armstrong Park to help best preserve the culture and history of this cultural landmark and the city we love.”
The study will analyze the assemblage of historic and cultural resources and their best use of management through partnerships among public and private entities that reflects traditions, customs, beliefs, and folklife that are a valuable part of the story of the United States and Louisiana.
It will fully develop a conceptual plan that outlines the roles of all participants and stakeholders in the park, including the Department of the Interior’s National Park Service.
This study for the future of the park will be done in consultation with the Sec. of Interior, State Historic Preservation Officers, State Historical Societies, State Tourism Offices along with local residents, community advocates, organizers, business interests, nonprofit organizations, and State and local governments that—are involved in the planning of the park.
The study must also provide a conceptual boundary map that has demonstrated support by the public for the designation of the park.