Schools, Race & Money
This map will feature a time-slider tool that lets users see changes over time in Southeast Louisiana's distribution of schools, funding, and racial demographics.
A text sidebar will note the map's changing patterns and how they correspond to significant events in the history of education in Orleans Parish.
Racial demographics in New Orleans and its surrounding areas (Source: Esri)
New Orleans has a unique role in the history of American education. In the early 19th century, when public schools were mostly nonexistent for students of any race in the South, free people of color in New Orleans built and funded schools that were open to students of different economic backgrounds and sometimes even different races.
After the Civil War, it was Black freedmen who pushed hardest for a system of public education—once again, funding their own schools when necessary.
A century later, when Leona Tate, Gail Etienne, and Tessie Prevost integrated McDonogh 19, segregationist politicians diverted public funds to create new “white-only” schools for the white children of New Orleans.
Clearly, when we talk about race and education, we’re also talking about money. Who benefits from inequitable systems of education? Who profits from segregation, and why? The “Schools, Race, & Money” map will let users examine the interaction of these three factors over time.