Reconstruction Period Research Forum
No Room at the End of the Bridge
I know many have heard the 'news' that evacuees were turned back when trying to leave New Orleans via the Mississippi River Bridge (excuse me, the New Orleans Connection). Included is a link to the news stories about those incidents.
I'm sure Gretna will go down in history for the acts of its 'authorities' during a National Tragedy.
2. Jefferson Parish reaches from Lake Ponchatrain on the north, to the Gulf of Mexico with Grand Isle. It is situated on BOTH sides of the Mississippi River. (East and West Banks)
Some East Bank Communities:
Some West Bank Communities:
Kenner (Former home to the Kenner Family plantation owners.)
Harahan (Once home to a Southern University Agricultural Farm.)
Gretna is the parish seat and, perhaps, the largest community - being incorporated in the early 20th century across the river from New Orleans.
It had its start with mostly German immigrants who, with the Irish and Italians, moved to areas on the West Bank, partially to escape the overcrowding and lack of available/affordable land in the city across the River. By the mid 20th century, many 'white flighters' had settled in Gretna and other areas outside of the city, having to travel across the bridge into New Orleans for work.
I attended a High School in Gretna, a predominately 'white' middle class community [at that time]. I commuted across the [then] Mississippi River Bridge. Sometimes, I used the Canal Street ferry, my favorite. Other times, I crossed the Mississipi via the uptown Jackson Street ferry and connected to bus routes going near my school.
My most vivid memory of Gretna was its lack of 'color'. But then, I was only in my early teens and did not venture outside of the relative safety of the campus area.