Is New Orleans the place for a truly honest look at the slave system?


An auction, depicted in a slave narrative from 1849, shows the horror of a young mother stripped of her infant child.

Atlanta and Jackson are among cities with powerful museums dedicated to the long and still incomplete struggle by African Americans for equal rights, and there’s another major museum in the nation’s capital.

A stunningly powerful memorial and museum to the victims of lynching opened just the other day in Montgomery, Alabama.

And New Orleans?

We have impressive shrines to fish and to insects and to World War II. We honor the visual arts and jazz in well-curated museums, and we worship the gods of sport in massive arenas. We have some small, household-sized exhibits of African-American art and artifacts — though one of them, the African-American Museum in Tremé, has…

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