New Orleans, LA Pt. 2 by Wesley Verhoeve on Exposure
Note: This is a special bonus One of Many essay to accompany to original New Orleans chapter. Social Aid clubs were originally founded in the 1800’s as benevolent societies that provided an early form of insurance for the African-American community in a time where they were unable to get it any other way. They hosted events, engaged in charitable work, and handled the cost of burials for those who couldn’t afford it on their own. There are roughly 70 clubs left, including The Sudan Social Aid & Pleasure Club, pictured below, which was founded in 1983. Later, as more African-American families moved into the local middle and upper class, they expanded their role to include the “pleasure” element, including the now famous Second Line Parades. A few months ago, writer and photographer Pableaux Johnson kindly invited me along to attend a parade, and I can still feel the positive impact of that day in my bones. Many thanks to the good folks at Squarespace for helping make this project possible. Use the code “oneofmany” to get a 10% discount, and you’ll be supporting One of Many in a small way.
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