Upcoming Events at Congo Square
Jul 6, 2019 | 9:00 AM | Saturday
Community: Downtown New Orleans
Met God, She's Black will be in New Orleans vibing at the Essence Festival for their 25th anniversary. In celebration of all of the amazing energy, action and history of the weekend long gathering, we are hosting a morning meditation at the historical Congo Square. This
This is a thirty minute meditation circle for anyone who wants to start their day with some good vibes. You will find us in the square closest to St. Ann Street.
All are welcomed to come help manifest some magic with us. You just need to bring youself and good intentions.
History of Congo Square:
For many Congo Square is the site that inspires the most fantastical images of enslaved life in New Orleans. From the 1840s to the 1880s, intellectuals and artists like George Washington Cable, Louis Gottschalk, and Lafcadio Hearn brought Congo Square into national imagination as a site of exoticized, sexualized abandon. The area famed for its African drumbeats and dances, now marked in Louis Armstrong Park, became famously known as “the birthplace of jazz.”
In the southern corner of Armstrong Park is Congo Square, an open space where slaves and free blacks gathered throughout the 19th century for meetings, open markets, and the African dance and drumming celebrations that played a substantial role in the development of jazz. Local voodoo practitioners still consider Congo Square a spiritual base and gather at the Square for rituals.
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