Black Pearl, New Orleans

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Coordinates: 29°56′11″N 90°08′12″W / 29.93639°N 90.13667°W / 29.93639; -90.13667
Black Pearl
New Orleans Neighborhood
MountMoraiahChurchBlackPearlFront.jpg
Mount Moriah Baptist Church in the Black Pearl
Country United States
State Louisiana
City New Orleans
Planning District District 3, Uptown/Carrollton
Elevation 2 ft (0.6 m)
Coordinates 29°56′11″N 90°08′12″W / 29.93639°N 90.13667°W / 29.93639; -90.13667
Area 0.49 sq mi (1.3 km2)
 - land 0.26 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.23 sq mi (1 km2), 46.94%
Population 1,082 (2010)
Density 2,208 / sq mi (853 / km2)
Timezone CST (UTC-6)
 - summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code 504

Black Pearl is a neighborhood of the city of New Orleans. A subdistrict of the Uptown/Carrollton Area, its boundaries as defined by the City Planning Commission are: South Carrollton Avenue and St. Charles Avenue to the north, Lowerline, Perrier and Broadway Streets to the east, and the Mississippi River to the west.

Through the 1960s the local African-American population referred to the area as "Niggertown." Evidence of the old moniker can be occasionally seen today in the form of "N-Town" graffiti. The name "Black Pearl" was introduced in the 1970s, being derived from the historically majority Black population and the name of "Pearl Street".

Most of the neighborhood is a section of what was the town of Carrollton, Louisiana in the 19th century; the designated neighborhood boundaries also include a portion downriver of Lowerline Street that was part of the town of Greenville. This later part includes "Uptown Square", a shopping mall complex more recently mostly converted to offices and residences.

This area on high ground escaped the Hurricane Katrina flooding suffered by most of the city in 2005. However a tornado strike in the early morning hours of February 13, 2007 did significant damage.

Geography[edit]

Black Pearl is located at 29°56′11″N 90°08′02″W / 29.93639°N 90.13389°W / 29.93639; -90.13389 [1] and has an elevation of 8 feet (2.4 m).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the district has a total area of 0.49 square miles (1.3 km2). 0.26 square miles (0.67 km2) of which is land and 0.23 square miles (0.60 km2) (46.94%) of which is water.

Adjacent Neighborhoods[edit]

Boundaries[edit]

The City Planning Commission defines the boundaries of Black Pearl as these streets: South Carrollton Avenue, St. Charles Avenue, Lowerline Street, Perrier Street, Broadway Street and the Mississippi River.[3]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,772 people, 967 households, and 356 families residing in the neighborhood.[4] The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 36.7% African American, 55.0% White, 2.7% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.2% from other races, and 1.1% from two or more races.[4] Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.2% of the population.[4] The population density was 3,616 /mi² (1,396 /km²).

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,734 people, 936 households, and 320 families residing in the neighborhood.[4] The racial makeup of the neighborhood was 21.5% African American, 67.0% White, 3.5% Asian, 0.1% Native American, 0.3% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races.[4] Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.5% of the population.[4]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. "Black Pearl Neighborhood". Retrieved 2007-10-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Black Pearl Neighborhood". Greater New Orleans Community Data Center. Retrieved 5 January 2012.