New Orleans does not always play as intensely as it does on Mardi Gras. The 1950s saw a new emphasis on the development and improvement of recreational facilities and playgrounds in all parts of the Crescent City. This image shows Shakspeare Park (named for Joseph Shakspeare, a late 19th century mayor) at Washington Avenue and La Salle Street. During the late 1940s Mayor Morrison had the park upgraded to serve as a modern recreational facility for the African American community. In the early 1980s Shakspeare Park was renamed in honor of the Reverend A. L. Davis, local civil rights leader and member of the City Council from 1975 to 1978.
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