The old New Orleans neighborhood of Faubourg Tremé, often referred to simply as Tremé, was the first free black neighborhood in America. Since 1812, when the neighborhood was incorporated into the city, Tremé has given birth to a whole host of New Orleans icons: jazz, brass bands, architecture, Mardi Gras Indians, and several pioneers of the civil rights movement. The neighborhood can be found between North Rampart, which borders the French Quarter, Canal St, and St Bernard Avenue. The name of the area comes from the Frenchman who acquired and then subdivided the area, Claude Tremé. When Tremé sold his holdings the lots were purchased primarily by free people of color including craftsmen, musicians, and Haitian Creoles. Two hundred years later Tremé is home to several prominent cultural insitutions in New Orleans, including the New Orleans African American Museum, the Backstreet Cultural Museum, St Augustine Catholic Church, and Armstrong Park.

This week marks the bicentennial celebration of the Tremé neighborhood, with lectures, food, drinks, and music. Find more information on this iconic neighborhood and a full line up of events at www.treme2012.com.