The small African-American community of Fazendeville thrived in St. Bernard Parish from 1867 until 1964. Formed just after the Civil War by recently freed blacks, Fazendeville occupied the site of the Battle of New Orleans, the final conflict in the War of 1812.
Its residents were extremely tight-knit, and took great pride in their community.
In 1964, the National Park Service seized the 7.02-acre site of the Battle of New Orleans through eminent domain, incorporating it into the Jean Lafitte National Park and Preserve. The buildings and trees were all torn down and the community of Fazendeville was displaced.
In September 2005, the storm surge that accompanied Hurricane Katrina flooded and decimated the Lower Ninth Ward, causing a second diaspora for the Fazendeville community. [more]
St. Bernard Parish
St. Bernard Parish is just outside the city of New Orleans.
It was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. The storm damaged virtually every structure in the parish. The eye of Katrina passed over the eastern portion of the parish, pushing a 25-foot storm surge into the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet ("MRGO"). This surge destroyed the parish levees. Almost the entire parish was flooded, most areas getting between 5 and 12 feet of standing water.
Lakeview was the second most damaged area of New Orleans, after the Lower Ninth Ward. Storm surge crushed the floodwalls of the 17th Street Canal and inundated the neighborhood in a matter of minutes, uprooting trees, and even completely washing away some houses upon impact. Some areas received as much as fourteen feet of floodwater.
The Ninth Ward is located in the easternmost downriver portion of the city. Much of the 9th Ward on both sides of the Industrial Canal again experienced catastrophic flooding in Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Much of the damage was caused by storm surge channeled into the area by the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet.
There were multiple severe levee breaks along both the MRGO and the Industrial Canal.
The Good Shepherd School
The Good Shepherd School is located in the Central Business District of New Orleans. It offers a tuition-free education to at-risk children in New Orleans to help them break free from the cycle of poverty. It is the only Nativity Mission School in the Gulf South that has survived the physical and socioeconomic devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Mount Carmel Academy
Mount Carmel Academy is a private, Catholic secondary school for single young ladies in the Archdiocese of New Orleans. It is conducted by the Sisters of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who have educated young ladies in New Orleans since 1833. The atmosphere of the school and the individual attention given to each student encourage and foster emotional maturity and spiritual development.