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Free People of Color: A French Quarter Walking Tour provided by Tours By Marguerite

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Overview
Join us for a walking tour of New Orleans’ most historic neighborhood, the French Quarter. See the “Vieux Carré” through the eyes of Louisiana’s famous Free People of Color (Les Gens de Couleur Libres). In an age when most people of African descent in the New World were considered the property of others, thousands of people of color owned their own property and forged their own paths in a world that was not their own. Hear their stories. Learn of their many contributions to this beautiful culture. Learn the history of the most emblematic neighborhood of one of the United States’ most iconic cities. This tour is an exploration of old Louisiana, the Louisiana that gave birth to Jazz and Zydeco, to gumbo and jambalaya. Louisiana is technically a southern American state, but culturally Louisiana has always been the northernmost part of the Caribbean. (This tour also includes a tour of St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 and of the courtyard of a beautiful antebellum French Quarter residence.)
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    2951502 Royal St
    2951502 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
    Please meet your tour guide at Henriette Delille Square (at the intersection of Royal and Orleans streets, just behind Saint Louis Cathedral).
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  • 1
    Jackson Square
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 2
    St. Louis Cathedral
    Stop: 5 minutes
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  • 3
    Louis Armstrong Park
    Stop: 10 minutes
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  • 4
    St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Hermann-Grima House
    Stop: 20 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Hermann-Grima House
    820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
    This tour will end at the historic Hermann-Grima House at 820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112.
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Departure Point
2951502 Royal St, New Orleans, LA 70116, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Hermann-Grima House, 820 St Louis St, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA
Inclusions
  • Fee to enter Saint Louis Cemetery No. 1
  • Entry/Admission - St. Louis Cemetery No. 1
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 28 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Dominique wrote a review Oct 2020
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I was very excited and interested in this tour before it even began. Lawson was very knowledgeable and informative about the TRUE history of New Orleans and we couldn’t have asked for a better guide. I learned things about MY people that I’m certain I probably wouldn’t have
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Date of experience: October 2020
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garymT316XY wrote a review Oct 2020
Des Plaines, Illinois6 contributions2 helpful votes
My favorite part of the tour was the wealth of information and knowledge our tour guide Lawson had to offer. There wasn’t a question he couldn’t answer or find information on. Lawson was the high point of the tour!!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Kraftykraus wrote a review Sep 2020
Tampa, Florida5 contributions
Lawson was beyond fantastic. His knowledge of NOLA and its rich history made for a fantastic morning tour. We appreciated his attentiveness and the information presented. We will tour again with him in the future.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Brooke B wrote a review Aug 2020
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica3 contributions
We had an excellent time in this tour - learned so much about the full and rich history of the French Quarter. I was grateful to learn more about the history of free people of color in the US, as I did not learn about it in school. Lawson was a great guide! He gave us plenty of
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Laughingbodies wrote a review Aug 2020
Escondido, California3 contributions1 helpful vote
Lawson is an amazing tour guide. The depth of his understanding of the culture and history is such that I'm certain when I return to New Orleans I will book with him again. I am an educator and understand the challenges of editing one's knowledge so that it is presented in a
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Another great tour to take
If your moving here or visiting for the first time, learn about New Orleans. What a great way to do so.
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Jackson still in Square.
We were happy to see Jackson still riding the front of the square. Protected by a fence and locked gate.
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Best tour in NOLA
I’ve been on different types of tours with many different operators, and this is by far the best. Based on fact ra
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Review for Lawson ôta
I learned a lot about the free people of culture and the creoles and I thought that you were amazing! Thank you so
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Monsieur Ota
I had a great time with Mr. Lawson Ota on my French field trip. The tour was really informative and I got to learn
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Spectacular!
I had a great time. I learned so much! I had the best tour ever. I would recommend. The tour was very nice.
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