I was fascinated to learn about the graveyards and that the reason they are above ground is to keep the caskets from floating away. It also intrigued me that it was common to picnic in the cemetaries. One speaker said, "Cemetary has nothing to do with the dead and everything to do with the living," an interesting observation.
I was most interested and horrified by the segregation laws. I hadn't previously known about the "free people of color," or about the Reconstruction Constitution of 1868. It is devistating to learn how terrible it was for black people in New Orleans. My heart broke when I imagined the persecution that little Ruby Bridges went through when she attended William J. France Elementary.
It was interesting to learn about how things changed for the better with the invention of the wood pump. I'm glad that things have progressed in NO and and I won't have to fear Malaria due to a mosquito bite when i visit in June.