Port Allen Prisoner-Of-War Sub-Camp No. 7
Though the historical marker appears to have been removed, this area was the site of a satellite WWII prisoner of war camp, in which German prisoners from North African and Europe were held. It was a sub camp for the larger Camp Blanche down in Hanrahan. Port Allen was roughly rectangle in shape, with Louisiana Ave and Michigan Avenue forming its north-south borders, and 8th and 6th streets forming its west-east borders. The camp was in operation between 1943-1946 and there were between 500-774 prisoners held here. They slept in tents with wooden floors but there were separate buildings for showering and eating. Also, since there was a shortage of workers due to the war, the prisoners had to work in various sugar cane plantations. They were paid 80 cents per day for 8-10 hours.
Backstory and Context
Photo by: Bernard Fisher