Old Algiers
Above & below, Algiers Public Library; above, probably 1930's;
below, after the library was damaged by Hurricane Betsy in 1965.
Algiers Naval Band, 1942.
John McDonogh was the founder of McDonoghville, which was located partially in
Algiers, partially in Gretna.  When he died in 1850, he left a large legacy to be
used for public schools for children of all races in New Orleans.  McDonogh had
moved to New Orleans from Baltimore in 1800, later, moving across the river and
establishing McDonoghville.  Above, his grave in a cemetery in McDonoghville.  
His remains were moved to Baltimore in the 1860's.
Above & below, McDonogh No. 5, Slidell Street  - Part of John McDonogh's legacy
and designed by William Freret, this school opened in 1875 as a grammar and
primary school for African American students; in 1909, it became a school for
white students.  The building is no longer standing, it was located where the
Behrman School gym sits today.  Below is an architect's drawing.
McDonogh No. 4, Bermuda Street, Algiers Point, 1896.
Martin Behrman School, 1948.  Martin Behrman opened in 1931, the first secondary school
to be built on the West Bank.  The configuration of the school has changed several times
since then, from high school to junior high to elementary and back again.  Since 2005, it
has served as a charter elementary school, grades PreK-8th.
Louis F. Schwarz School, above, 1926.
Peter S. Lawton School, 1949.
Algiers Drive-In, probably 1950's
Adolph Meyer School, 1930's.
McDonogh No. 27, McDonoghville; date unknown.
View of Algiers from New Orleans, about 1900.
Aerial view of Algiers, 1956.
Eureka Brass Band marching in funeral in Algiers, date unknown.
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