Algiers: The Right Bank

Part V

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Another, earlier, photo taken at the Naval Base. The caption on the photo tells its story.

[Municipal Government Photograph Collection,
Martin Behrman Series]

The first four of John Hypolite Coquille's twenty-five photographs of a "typical" Martin Behrman day in office depict scenes in Algiers (the fifth shows him on the ferry and number seven shows him in conference with Algiers Street Railway representatives).

[John Hypolite Coquille, Martin Behrman Album]

Photo 1: "Mayor Behrman leaves home [at 228 Pelican Street]," 8:30 a.m.

Photo 2: "He looks over the site of a playground in Algiers," 8:40 a.m.
Photo 3: "Selecting a place for a drinking fountain," 8:50 a.m.
Photo 4: "Inspecting drainage and street paving, Algiers," 9:00 a.m.
In 1920, Behrman was defeated for Mayor by reform candidate Andrew McShane. In 1925, he launched his campaign for a political comeback in his home ward, the Fifteenth Ward of Algiers, with a rally at Foto's Theater, preceded by a parade, music and fireworks. Behrman told the packed crowd of supporters, "If I am a good judge this meeting tonight is a sure indication that Algiers is again with me and this time stronger than ever before." Behrman apparently was a good judge, for he defeated his opponents, Andrew McShane and Paul Maloney, and entered upon an unprecedented fifth term as Mayor of New Orleans. Shown here is a copy of the speech Behrman delivered that January night in Algiers -- a speech also broadcast by radio over station WCBE.

[Louisiana Division Rare Vertical File]

A reproduction of the flyer advertising the Behrman come-back rally, headed by his campaign slogan, "Pappa's Coming Home."

[Louisiana Division Vertical File]

This political cartoon by an unknown artist illustrates the 1925 Behrman victory, in which "Pappa" KO'ed opponents Paul Maloney and Andrew McShane, and also took out reform ally Col. Robert Ewing, owner of the States.

[Louisiana Division Rare Vertical File]

The Algiers Point Branch of New Orleans Public Library was one of five branches built with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie. Opened in late 1907, this small building was the sole library serving the West Bank until the 1960s. Badly damaged by Hurricane Betsy in 1965, the branch was closed for ten years; in 1975, with support and encouragement from the Algiers community, the branch was renovated and reopened.

[Municipal Government Photograph Collection, NOPL Series]

The snapshot shows the branch boarded up and awaiting rescue.

[Municipal Government Photograph Collection, NOPL Series]

The Algiers Little Theatre was founded in 1930 by Thomas A. Fox, and officially opened with a performance of Skinner's Dress Suit on September 25, 1930. Season tickets were $1.00 in its early days, and for that price subscribers could see as many as eight plays, a half-dozen informal productions; the WPA symphony sometimes performed between acts. After the construction of the Behrman Community Center, the actors became known formally as the Martin Behrman Memorial Players and staged their shows in that facility. Shown here is an Algiers Little Theatre program.

[Louisiana Division Vertical File]

A ticket for an Algiers Little Theatre performance.

[Louisiana Division Vertical File]

L.B. Landry High School, 1200 Whitney Ave., was dedicated on October 26, 1938 as a high school for African-American Algerines. The school was named for Lord Beaconsfield Landry (1878-1938), a physician who practiced medicine in Algiers for nearly 30 years. While attending Fisk University, Landry was a member of the famous Fisk Jubilee Singers and, back in Algiers, organized and directed the Osceola Five, a vocal group specializing in educational and religious musical programs. Shown here are the "favorites" of the Class of 1953, among them a young musician we now know as Clarence "Frogman" Henry. The principal of Landry at that time was I.M. Augustine, the father of the late judge Israel M. Augustine.

[The Buccaneer, L.B. Landry High School yearbook, 1955]

Martin Behrman High School at 715 Opelousas Ave. was dedicated on January 30, 1931. Until then, students from Algiers had to cross the ferry to New Orleans to attend high school. The building is now home to Martin Behrman Elementary School.

[The Bee, Martin Behrman High School Yearbook, 1959]

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