'Above Canal: Rights and Revival' Explores New Orleans' Civil Rights Legacy And Neighborhood Change

Feb 19, 2015

The art show “Above Canal: Rights and Revival” honors New Orleans' Civil Rights Movement legacy with archival photos of local actions, activists and leaders. This history is explored alongside contemporary art that speaks to themes of neighborhood change over time.

Its setting, the Myrtle Banks building at 1307 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, is fertile ground for such topics, as it sits on the street named for a female civil rights activist and the former public school building is preparing to re-open as a food market with co-working space.

Curated by CANO, the Creative Alliance of New Orleans, "Above Canal: Rights and Revival" will also hold a memorial the celebrate the life and legacy of recently deceased activist Rudy Lombard, Saturday, February 21 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

WWNO News Director Eve Troeh talked to Jeanne Nathan of CANO about the show, as well as Keith Duncan, an artist and educator whose work is included.

"Above Canal: Rights and Revival" is open weekdays 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. until February 28, or by appointment.