Backstreet Cultural Museum

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The Backstreet Cultural Museum in 2007

The Backstreet Cultural Museum is a museum in New Orleans, Louisiana's Tremé neighborhood, founded by Sylvester Francis.[1]


The museum's collections include objects relating to the African American culture of New Orleans with a special emphasis on jazz funerals, Mardi Gras Indians, and second line parades sponsored by Social Aid and Pleasure Clubs. The museum contains many priceless artifacts of African-American culture in New Orleans, including elaborate, brightly colored suits worn by Mardi Gras Indians in previous years, and rare photos of Mardi Gras Indian "gangs" from the 1940s.

The museum is also a clearing house for information about Mardi Gras Indian and second-line events and serves as the location for some events, including the annual White Buffalo Day ceremony and procession that goes to Congo Square. As of July 12, 2022, the hours are 10 am to 4 pm, and general admission to the museum is by a donation of $20[2] (referred to by Mr. Francis as a "cover charge"). As in many other museums, videos inside are prohibited but limited photography is allowed.

In 2022, the museum moved to a new location at 1531 St. Philip St, New Orleans, Louisiana, 70116, from its previous location at 1116 St. Claude Avenue.[2]


  1. ^ Coviello, Will (March 12, 2018). "Histories, photographs of Mardi Gras Indians captured in new book". Gambit. New Orleans, LA.
  2. ^ a b "Backstreet Cultural Museum". Retrieved 24 July 2022.

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