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Lockett School

In the process of being demolished

Lockett Demolition

There is a lot of history being lost in New Orleans, Johnson Lockett is the School that Ruby Bridges attended before the integration of Frantz. Generations of “Ruby Bridges” were educated at this school, as well as serving as a Neighborhood institution.

Watching the destruction of this historical landmark as well as the waste of reusable resources seems callous and ignorant as to the value of a cultural icon in the rebuilding of a Neighborhood.

To paraphrase..those who ignore History are destined to repeat it.

For other recent school posts head here and here and here

This demolition also made me take a look back at the Peck Hall demolition last year.

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About Karen Gadbois

Karen Gadbois co-founded The Lens. She now covers New Orleans government issues and writes about land use for Squandered Heritage. For her work with television reporter Lee Zurik exposing widespread misuse of city recovery funds — which led to guilty pleas in federal court — Gadbois won some of the highest honors in journalism, including a Peabody Award, an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and a gold medal from Investigative Reporters and Editors. She can be reached at (504) 606-6013.