New Orleans, Louisiana

Congo Square Preservation Society

New Orleans, Louisiana

The Congo Square Preservation Society operates with these core values: Tradition, Community, Authenticity, Preservation, Equity and Honoring the Sacred. As a result, the society has been conducting and teaching drum and dance workshops in Congo Square for 27 years since 1989 to an estimated 250,000 people. It led the effort that placed Congo Square on the National Register of Historic Places in 1993, erected the Congo Square Historic Marker in 1997, and led Congo Square Living Classroom Fieldtrips since 2013 to over 100 schools and tour groups. 

In order to further its mission to preserve, perpetuate and elevate the sacred ancestral traditions of Congo Square the society is launching in 2017, the Congo Square Sacred Market Place.

It will be a one-of-a-kind environment using sacred designs, sounds, lights and canvas materials that will inspire everyone who steps into the Sacred Atmosphere that is Congo Square. The society is partnering with Concordia Architects to create the environmental design. The artistic merit of the Congo Square Sacred Marketplace is critical to New Orleans equitable growth and will reverberate not only in New Orleans, but around the world.                                                                                        

The Co-Founders of the Congo Square Preservation Society, Jamilah Peters-Muhammad and Luther Gray at the Congo Square Historic Plaque. 2013. Photo by Peter Nakhid.