Advocate staff phot by John McCusker --Sylvia Robinson enjoys her lunch along the edge of the Mississippi River at the Fly at Audubon Park as a ship passes Monday, January 11, 2016. The public space along the river made the list of the New Orleans nine most endangered landmarks.
The annual list of endangered historic sites in New Orleans put out by the Louisiana Landmarks Society is often a pretty low-temperature document. This year’s list is different, charging headlong into some of the thornier debates to have come up in New Orleans recently.
Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans
Brooch with photograph of Margaret Haughery; ca. 1885; photoprint and braided hair in metal frame; The Historic New Orleans Collection, gift of Leila Wilkinson Scheyd, 1988.50.2
April 13–September 11, 2016
533 Royal Street
Admission is free
Since the founding of New Orleans, women have played an active role in shaping the city. The approaching tricentennial in 2018 provides an ideal opportunity for reflecting on the many women who fought for the welfare and rights of their fellow citizens and the preservation of the city’s rich heritage. The exhibition Voices of Progress: Twenty Women Who Changed New Orleans presents the stories of twenty remarkable women whose contributions range from the nineteenth-century campaign for child welfare, through the early twentieth-century suffrage movement, to the mid-twentieth-century fight for civil rights and equality. Through letters, objects, photographs, film, and more, Voices of Progress spotlights the achievements of these extraordinary women in New Orleans history.