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Youth Mural Project Comes to East New Orleans Regional Library

For the past few weeks, 17-year-old Aliyah has spent almost every afternoon at East New Orleans Regional Library doing what she loves most: painting. But Aliyah isn’t working on just any piece. She and local artist Journey Allen are chipping away at a large and vibrant mural that takes up most of the Read Boulevard wall of the Library.

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Jonn Hankins, founder of the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild, poses with Darryl Reeves, a master blacksmith, at the Artistry in Iron Exhibit at East New Orleans Regional Library.
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Library Exhibit Celebrates New Orleans’ Black Ironworkers

An exhibit at East New Orleans Regional Library sheds light on the often untold story of the free and enslaved Black blacksmiths who built much of the French Quarter’s iconic iron work and how one group of artisans is fighting to keep the tradition alive today.

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East New Orleans Library: A Community Pillar for 53 Years

When East New Orleans Regional Library first opened on Read Boulevard in 1968, it was the largest in the New Orleans Public Library system. In the five decades since, the Library has served as a pillar of the community, particularly during Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts in the area, which was devastated by the storm. E

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