this is from a while back….thought some of our newer readers might appreciate this piece…
“Colorful History Documented
Mardi Gras Indian S&P Club
Cultural Education Center
Ronald W. Lewis
In the Lower 9th Ward, New Orleans, lives a man whose life is dedicated to preserving a culture that could have been washed away by the surging waters of hurricane Katrina. Much of Ronald W. Lewis’s collection was lost to the floodwaters, but he steadfastly rode out the storm and returned to his small museum and set to work saving what could be saved, and adding to his collection of artifacts, books and photos, newspaper articles and scrapbooks.
He greets visitors at the Cultural Education Center located in his backyard, on a daily basis. You can call ahead for an appointment or luckily happen upon a guided tour already in progress, like we did yesterday.
The small building is busting at the seams with bead and feather work created by himself and others who dance…
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