Against the backdrop of outstanding cuisine and historic neighborhoods, discover how New Orleans’ ties to French, Spanish, and Caribbean cultures have contributed to its singular architectural and cultural legacy. Hear how its African and Cuban influences laid the groundwork for an astonishing musical heritage, from ragtime to Dixieland, funk and R&B, and most famously jazz. Tour the Whitney Plantation, a museum about slavery, including memorials honoring the 100,000-plus people held in slavery in Louisiana. Celebrate the people and events that shaped New Orleans’ Civil Rights movement; and examine the city’s struggles and transformation since Hurricane Katrina’s devastating blow.  

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    Crescent City, Congo Square, Canal Street
    Day 1: The Soul of the Crescent City
    Day 2: Plantation Life
    Day 3: Garden District and a Free Afternoon
    Day 4: French Quarter Museums & Departures


    • Experience the best of Southern comfort and hospitality while savoring home-cooked soul and Cajun food in renowned New Orleans restaurants.
    • See the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit where the momentous decision in favor of school integration was handed down.
    • Visit the New Zion Baptist Church, where the Southern Christian Leaderhsip Conference was formed in 1957 appointing MLK as their first president.
    • See the Ruby Bridges statue that stands in front of the William Frantz Elementary School courtyard (now the Akili Academy) and the “Ruby Bridges Room” with period furnishings and decor that honor Ruby’s brave contributions to society in her role in school desegregation.
    • Visit Evergreen Plantation, one of the South’s most intact historic plantations, with 37 surviving buildings, and Whitney Plantation, the only plantation museum in Louisiana with a focus on slavery.
    • Hear big band jazz at one of Frenchmen Street’s most celebrated jazz clubs.
    • See the studio of Brandan “BMike” Odums, a New Orleans-based visual artist and civil rights activist.
    • Discuss civil rights protest music with a renowned music producer.Itinerary