Global Highways Exhibit at Georgetown University
Highways have divided and destroyed African American neighborhoods in countless American cities. CAHP Research Director Greg Beaman expands the case study of Claiborne Avenue to include other cities around the world with minority neighborhoods divided by poor infrastructure planning in the online Georgetown University Omeka exhibit “Global Highways”. Please check out links to the exhibit on social media via @TheCAHP, or click the following link:
Documentary Film Claiborne Revisited
A vital component of CAHP platforms is our feature length film Claiborne Revisited currently mid-production. Since 2016 we have shot numerous interviews with residents, community members, musicians and culture bearers, concentrating on elders who remember N. Claiborne in its heyday prior to the construction of the I-10.
Excerpts from the work in progress film have been exhibited at CAHP events at the New Orleans Jazz Museum for community feedback. These include segments exploring music and culture along the Avenue from the early days of jazz and through the rhythm’n’blues era.
Footage includes new materials filmed by CAHP as well as archival images, film, and video illustrating changes to the Avenue through the years, plus other ephemera relating to N. Claiborne. Throughout production and post-production CAHP will continue to show elements from this work-in-progress film at our events and panels, and will also include excerpts within an interactive website. Exhibiting small segments from our work-in-progress documentary throughout production enables CAHP to continue incorporating community ideas and feedback. Thank you to all who have participated to date!
The first annual CAHP Soirée at the New Orleans Jazz Museum included an exhibit on the third floor focused on N. Claiborne Avenue businesses prior to the construction of Interstate-10. Since this exhibit, we have gathered significantly more materials, many of which relate to N. Claiborne’s important contributions to jazz and rhythm’n’blues. These include materials specifically related to influential clubs and bars along the Avenue, the musicians’ union Local 496, Houston’s School of Music, AFO Records, plus materials pertaining to important musicians resident along N. Claiborne. We are currently exploring funding opportunities for a large scale exhibit in 2021-22 on N. Claiborne music and culture, especially prior to 1966.