ofgoodcharacter (ofgoodcharacter) wrote in little_details,

Segregation in Turn of the Century New Orleans

Setting: New Orleans, c. 1895 (I can budge a few years in either direction, though)

I'm looking to find out more information about segregation in New Orleans during this time, particularly in regard to hotels, restaurants, and bars. Some of the online searches I've carried out are "New Orleans/Louisiana AND segregation/Jim Crow AND hotels/inns/public houses/restaurants" and "New Orleans/Louisiana AND 19th century/turn of the century/1890/1895/1900." The problem I'm running into is that most of the detailed resources my searches have turned up are either in print (I'm not in the U.S., so there's not a lot available through my library), or are in locked academic databases.

I know that there was increased de-segregation during Reconstruction, but that this began to sharply reverse around the time I'm looking at (Plessy v. Ferguson, the repeal of miscegentation laws, etc.) My main characters are two friends in their forties from the southwestern U.S., one a white business owner and the other a black doctor. The business owner heads off to New Orleans for Mardi Gras and is later joined by the doctor. Practically speaking, what I want to know is:

1) Would it be plausible for them to share a hotel room at this time? If so, are there areas of the city where this would be more likely/comfortable than others?

2) Would it be plausible for them to have their choice of restaurants and bars around their accommodations where they could dine or drink together?

3) If de-segregation of public accommodation was still the law at this point (which it seems to have been - correct me if I'm wrong), what are some areas of the city where one would be most likely to encounter overtly whites-only establishments?

Thanks in advance!

ETA: Answered - thank you, everyone.
Tags: 1890-1899, usa: history (misc), usa: louisiana, ~racial prejudice (misc)

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