The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
In most of America, the words "National Park" and "jazz" may be seemingly unrelated. However, in New Orleans, there is a National Park specifically to commemorate the history of jazz in its birthplace, New Orleans. The New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park was created in 1994 to commemorate this memorable musical legacy.
Backstory and Context
One building dominates the park: the Perseverance Hall No. 4. Originally a Masonic Lodge, built around 1820, it is actually the oldest Masonic temple in Louisiana. During the early 1900s both black and white organizations rented the hall for concerts, dances, and recitals, making it the starting venue for many jazz musicians, thus its rightful place in the state park.
Visitors who come to the park have the chance to explore and immerse themselves in the history of this uniquely American style of music.