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Holding onto History: Leona Tate creates New Orleans' first civil rights museum

By Domonique Tolliver, January 21, 2022

Education has always been at the heart of Leona Tate’s life.

Born in 1954 in the Lower 9th Ward, Tate took the first steps toward finally breaking the back of school segregation in New Orleans when she, along with Tessie Prevost and Gail Etienne, walked past angry white protesters and through the doors of McDonogh 19 Elementary School on Nov. 14, 1960, to become the first Black students at the school.



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Ringing the Bell Workshop

The Leona Tate Foundation for Change, Inc. and the Historic New Orleans Collection partnered to present the 2022 LTFC Ringing the Bell Workshop. Teachers from across the New Orleans Metropolitan Area gathered at the TEP Center to learn from LTFC, the People’s Institute for Survival & Beyond and the Beloved Community about engaging students in culturally responsive Cilvil Rights lessons.


Visit our Programs page for full details on all of our programs. 

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LTFC Storytellers Experience


LTFC Storytelling Experience designs a facilitated exhibit visit, for schools and summer camp groups, focused on the documentation of oral history.

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TEP Talks


The TEP Talk Series is a forum
highlighting untold stories of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans and connecting them to present social justice issues. 

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Ringing the Bell


Ringing the Bell, a professional development workshop for teachers, identifies tangible ways to incorporate valuable Civil Rights components into core curricula.

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