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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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