Life History Project

Al Jackson pictured with Creole Gem Babydolls, Founder, Ms. Melanie Dawson Walker, retired Speech Pathologist for New Orleans School Board & Mrs. Karen Charlot Williams, Beautician, owner of Shylohs Jazzy Hair Salon on historic Claiborne Ave.

UJAMAA developed the Claiborne Corridor Life History Project to record, document and permanently preserve the life histories of our iconic culture bearers, such as L. Jerome Smith, Freedom Rider and founder of Tremé’s Tamborine & Fan; George Rainey of the Zulu Social Aid & Pleasure Club, a Claiborne Corridor business-owner who was displaced by the elevated I-10 Expressway; Carol Bebelle, co-founder and Executive Director of the Ashé Cultural Arts Center; Marion Colbert, neighborhood cultural maven and Queen of the Banana Tree; and Sylvester Francis, community documentarian and founder of the Backstreet Museum.

Corridor icons pictured at the inaugural opening demonstration of the Cultural Innovation District (CID) on April 20, 2018. Left to Right: L&R Security Owner Ed Robinson; Actress and Dancer “Gee Tucker” Janee Michelle; Entrepreneur George Rainey (King Zulu, 2019); and Folklore Historian, Ashton Ramsey.