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Sylvester Francis and the Backstreet Cultural Museum

Backstreet Cultural Museum was founded in 1999 by Sylvestre Francis and has been serving the New Orleans community ever since. The museum itself was born out of Francis’ passion for collection, coming as an afterthought to his already existing archive. The museum showcases the culture of New Orleans’ African American communities and histories, with specific attention given to Second Lines, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, and Mardi Gras Indians. The museum features a room full of Mardi Gras Indian costumes, homages to passed individuals, and relics from every period of Black history within the city. Programs that the museum offers include guided tours, Mardi Gras Indian sewing lessons, Mardi Gras Day Open House, among other community oriented programming.

Afro Centric Funerary Rituals of New Orleans Culture

Backstreet Cultural Museum was founded in 1999 by Sylvestre Francis and has been serving the New Orleans community ever since. The museum itself was born out of Francis’ passion for collection, coming as an afterthought to his already existing archive. The museum showcases the culture of New Orleans’ African American communities and histories, with specific attention given to Second Lines, Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs, and Mardi Gras Indians. The museum features a room full of Mardi Gras Indian costumes, homages to passed individuals, and relics from every period of Black history within the city. Programs that the museum offers include guided tours, Mardi Gras Indian sewing lessons, Mardi Gras Day Open House, among other community oriented programming.