The Story Behind Audubon Park

Dated: 06/08/2017

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Discover NOLA: Did you know that Audubon Park was the site of the 1884 World's Fair called the World Cotton Centennial? Here’s more on the interesting history of Audubon Park:  The area we now know as Audubon Park began as a plantation used by both Confederate and Union soldiers during the Civil War. It was also the staging area for the Buffalo Soldiers, the first all African American regiment of soldiers formed in the United States. For additional information on the Buffalo Soldiers, please see: This large, undeveloped land became Uptown New Orleans and includes neighborhoods that begin in the French Quarter and extend into Jefferson Parish. New Orleans was the site of the 1884 World’s Fair known as the World Cotton Centennial. New Orleans was chosen since it handled about 1/3 of all the cotton produced in the US and was the location of the Cotton Exchange. The Cotton Exchange was the building where forums were held that helped establish a standard for classifying cotton and regulating prices. For additional information on the Cotton Exchange, go to: After the end of the World Cotton Centennial, Audubon Park began its development. Most of the buildings that were used for the Fair were torn down and the only item that remains today is an iron ore rock from the Alabama State Exhibition. Audubon Park, as we know it today, features sports fields, picnic areas, a golf course and the Audubon Zoo, which opened in the early 20th century. To learn more about Audubon Zoo, follow this link:

photo credit:  Audubon Nature Institute

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Daniel Montenegro

A graduate of Jesuit High School, Daniel found an enthusiasm for understanding people. After obtaining his degree from Southern Methodist University in Psychology, he returned to New Orleans and spent....

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