"Rampart Street in New Orleans Town/ Known to Everyone for Miles Around": Black Girls and Street Harassment
Rampart Street in New Orleans town,
Known to everyone for miles around.
Colored music and real jazz bands,
That’s the best spot in all the land.
But Rampart was not just a leisure district; important black institutions were also located on the street, such as the city’s only colored public high school. Black girls, then, had to navigate Rampart despite threats of street harassment. This paper argues that black girls’ movement along Rampart Street illustrates the development of a gendered and classed sense of place. Once schoolgirls got to Rampart Street, the black men working, playing and living on the road made the girls’ class distinctions even clearer by marking their bodies as unpolluted from vice and worthy of protection.
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