Economy Hall

Economy Hall

Today’s episode is about Economy Hall, an organization founded in the 1800s to create and preserve a society for free men of color. It became so much more than that, including a hotbed of a new form of American music known as jazz.

To help us dive into the topic, I’m joined by the author of the book named Economy Hall, Fatima Shaik. Once you’ve listened to our discussion, order a copy of Economy Hall online or stop by the Historic New Orleans Collection during your next visit.


Sunset Chasers

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Check them out and let me know how it goes. You can find them at

The Historic New Orleans Collection

Support comes from The Historic New Orleans Collection, the city’s premiere history museum, located at five twenty Royal Street in the heart of the French Quarter.

Check out their online publication called First Draft. Its’ a combination blog and online exhibition space.

Starting on October 20, 2022 and running through January 22nd the Historic New Orleans Collection will present an exhibit entitled Spanish New Orleans and the Caribbean. While we call the original city the French Quarter, there is an amazing amount of Spanish influence there. The exhibit will include more than 125 pieces from THNOCs own collection as well as from other museums in the United States and Spain. For more, listen to episode 168, then go to to plan your trip.


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My Book

I have a book! The Beyond Bourbon Street Insider’s Guide to New Orleans officially released on May1st.

You can find it online at major retailers like Amazon, Bookshop, Barnes and Noble and more.

In New Orleans, Octavia Books, Blue Cypress have it, as well as The OW, a store located at 2850 Magazine, Fleurty Girl in the French Quarter has it, as does NOLA T-Shirt Club on Magazine.

NOLA T-Shirt Club also has copies available in their online shop, and those are autographed by me. Some are signed by my girls as well, who played a big part in bringing the book to life.

If you love the show, the, podcast, and New Orleans, please consider picking up a copy. For more on the book, check out episode 157.

Thank You

Thanks to Fatima Shaik for sitting down with me to discuss her wonderful book Economy Hall. Thanks also to Joel Sharpton of Pro Podcasting Services for editing the podcast.

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