The Fillmore Boys School was located a few houses up from St. Claude Avenue. The avenue was on the border of Old and New Marigny. Sometime in the 20th century, St. Claude Ave was expanded, and merged with Rampart St.
I layered a modern New Orleans Square Map and the geo-coordinated Robinson Atlas from 1883. This visual shows houses that were torn down because of the road expansion. Fillmore families occupied at least three houses.
It has been almost a year since I launched this online project. I have many things I want to add to this project, but time is always limited.
Nonetheless, little by little, I have kept studying more about the history of the Fillmore School. For the past few month, in particular, I have tried to do more research about Fillmore in the mid-twentieth century. One of the interesting things about this school is that it was operated as McDonogh No.16 in the twentieth century. Similar to Fillmore during Reconstruction, McDonogh No.16 accepted African American children for the first time in the 20th century in 1962 as part of the city’s gradual desegregation plan. Yet, the lack of sufficient records make further research difficult.
If at all possible, I would like to meet and interview former McDonogh No.16 students and teachers. I would like to learn their experience of McDonogh No.16. I believe their experiences are important in understanding the long influence of race over public school history in New Orleans. I appreciate any kinds of information about McDonogh No.16 and its students and teachers.