2 Louisiana landmarks on Most Endangered Historic Places list
Two Louisiana landmarks earned spots on the National Trust's annual list of America's 11 Most Endangered Historic Places.
Why it matters: Being "endangered" may not sound ideal, but placement on the list offers a burst of attention that advocates can use to protect important cultural landmarks.
Zoom in: This year's landmarks include the Holy Aid and Comfort Spiritual Church, which is also known as the Perseverance Benevolent and Mutual Aid Society Hall, and the 11-mile corridor of St. John the Baptist Parish's West Bank.
Holy Aid is recognized as "one of the first places where jazz was heard," including performances by Sidney Bechet, Isidore Barbarin, Joe "King" Oliver and Buddy Bolden, the Trust says.
- Holy Aid bought the building in 1949 as a home for its spiritual worship, but it was damaged during Hurricanes Katrina and Ida.
St. John's West Bank is "an intact cultural landscape in an area otherwise oversaturated with heavy industry," the Trust says.
- The area includes villages and historic sites such as Evergreen Plantation and Whitney Plantation.
- Additional industrial development, the Trust says, like the planned Greenfield Louisiana LLC grain elevator, stands to "disturb archaeological remains, and dramatically harm the St. John Parish community with negative visual and environmental impacts."
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