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Lavinia Warren Lewis Hickman and Collins Lewis Interview, Part 2
Hickman, Lavinia; Lewis, Collins
Clarence Jones Jr.
Topics Include: Differences in Treme throughout the years, music clubs, nature of the neighborhood and trust
Hickman and Lewis talk about the Tremé Ladies and Gents, the Jolly Bunch, the Money Wasters, and the High Rollers, the various social and pleasure clubs that would parade around Tremé. Everyone needed a license to march on the street at that time. Hickman's mother was a part of the Treme Sports, another club, but they do not parade anymore. They also discuss the Mardi Gras Indians and describe them as very lovable-- everyone wanted to be out with the crowd. They also mention that around 1953, Liberty St. became Tremé St. before the construction of Interstate 10. They talk about jazz funerals and how they would only have a band, but it has expanded greatly. Jazz funerals would be held for members of a club or a well-known musician. The biggest funeral Lewis can remember was for someone called Tank who slept in the back part of the ballroom, but because of the size of the funeral you would have guessed it was a funeral for a millionaire. Lewis says there is no difference in the funerals now than from when they began in regard to the music or transportation of the body, but the crowds are much bigger now. People came from everywhere for the funerals. The last thing that they discuss are open houses-- people would leave the doors of their homes open for anyone to come in and get food or use the bathroom during a parade. They say this still happens in the 6th ward at the time of the interview. There was no stealing or disturbance, they describe everyone as one big wonderful family. Things began to change in the late 1960s-- you could no longer sleep with your front door open, and people were afraid to leave their homes or walk anywhere.
MusicNightclubsMardi Gras IndiansMourning customsFuneral serviceNeighborhoods
Amistad Research Center; Tulane University Digital Library
Box 1, Item 6, Side 2, Treme Oral History Project collection, 1993-1994, Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
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