Discovery of Human Remains Delays Iberville Redevelopment

By on December 14, 2012

<!– end jp-progress –><!– end jp-controls –>Listen<!– playpause –><!– jp-time-holder –>Residents and experts weigh in on living near the dead. Enlarge image Credit Scott Threlkeld / The Advocate Char­maine Williams, sec­ond from left, goes for a walk with her grand­chil­dren Keah Williams, 15 months, left, and Richard ‘Ricky’ Far­rell III, 3; and daugh­ter, SaYann Williams, 16, right, in the Iberville pub­lic hous­ing de­vel­op­ment. They can see St. Louis Ceme­tery No. 2, in the back­ground, from their front stoop. Ar­chae­ol­o­gists have con­firmed that part of the hous­ing com­plex sits on an old ceme­tery, likely once part of St. Louis No. 1.The Housing Authority of New Orleans received a Federal grant last year to redevelop the Iberville Housing Development, the city’s last traditional public housing complex, on the edge of the French Quarter. The plan was to keep about a third of the buildings, demolish the rest, and build new, mixed-income housing.But, before demolition begins, HANO is required by law to conduct a survey to look for anything with historic significance, including gravesites and underground burials. Along with Lens reporter Katy Reckdahl, Eve Abrams learned that what the archaeologists uncovered is no big surprise. Read Katy Rechdahl’s companion article in The Lens.

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Discovery of Human Remains Delays Iberville Redevelopment

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