Long before the neighborhood had its own popular HBO series, the Tremé was already heralded as a vital American landmark for African-American and Creole culture. Many consider the Tremé to be the cultural heart of New Orleans, and the neighborhood's contributions to the American arts can be witnessed in disciplines from dance to music to architectural design. The Tremé celebrates its rich history and heritage with museums, tours and landmarks dedicated to preserving one of the United States' oldest African-American and free people of color neighborhoods.
Just beyond the French Quarter, all you have to do is look for the arch of Louis Armstrong Park on Rampart Street to know that you've found the Tremé. The 32-acre Armstrong Park is the neighborhood's dominant landmark. Within its gates you'll find the legendary Congo Square where the enslaved, free people of color, Europeans and Americans gathered throughout the 18th and 19th century on Sundays to drum, dance and trade. Here, African dance, rhythms and drum beats survived despite oppression and contributed to the first forms of jazz music and modern American dance.
Armstrong Park is also home to the Mahalia Jackson Theater of the Performing Arts which hosts the Louisiana Philharmonic, New Orleans Opera Association, dance performances and Broadway Across America productions. The 2,100-seat theater offers a wide-range of entertainment, so make sure to check out their calendar whenever you're in town!
But there is much more to Tremé than Armstrong Park. At the corner of Governor Nichols and St. Claude Avenue stands the impressive St. Augustine Church. Founded in 1842 and established by free people of color, it is the oldest African-American Catholic Church in the country. Just a few blocks away, anchored by the beautiful Tremé Villa, is the New Orleans African-American Museum.